Vitamin D deficiency is a real problem that is causing a comeback of rickets in the United States and other developed countries. Lack of sunshine in the Pacific Northwest and the prevalence of sunscreen use has increased the number of cases. Throw in a dose of breastfeeding and you have a vast number of babies that are Vitamin D deficient.
Rickets is a bone disease that, apparently, Children’s Services and the court system have a tough time understanding.
Taking a child from a loving family without first understanding the problem is a terrible thing. This should not be tolerated. Our state, our county and our city should research and protect both babies and families before terrible mistakes are made.
Editor’s Note: Mr. Dossett has given the News-Register permission to reveal he is referring to his own grandson in this letter and that Department of Human Services has taken custody of the child because of suspected child abuse. As reported by both Portland television station KATU and the Linfield Review, the child’s parents have stated repeatedly that their son has not been abused but instead suffers from neonatal rickets. The parents have thus far been unable to regain custody. A spokesperson for DHS has confirmed that Mr. Dossett’s grandchild is in foster care but would not comment further on the case.