Child Protective Services drops controversial case

Abrupt change surfaces shortly after audit of state agency announced

Abruptly, and shortly after an audit was announced for California’s Child Protective Services, the agency has completed its controversial investigation into one family’s actions, and confirmed there will be no more monitoring.

WND had reported earlier this month that California lawmakers voted unanimously to order an audit of the state’s powerful Department of Child Protective Services after parents stunned their representatives with testimony of atrocities.

The audit is now in the hands of California Auditor Elaine Howle.

One of those stories – that made national headlines – involved the Nikolayev family.

They unwittingly became the face of the controversy over the CPS, which eventually drew a vote from California lawmakers for the audit.

But Tuesday, the battle for the Nikolayevs came to an end. In a hearing, all monitoring of baby Sammy, as well as mandatorily attended medical visits, were ordered ended.

Anna Nikolayev, the baby’s mother, told WND how concerning follow up visits had been, because she said officials would walk in her home and “ask questions again to try to prove their case…(to make them) look good.”

Or, she said, the worst thing that could happen would have been if Sammy wasn’t gaining weight, and then she was “afraid they would say, ‘Oh, she’s probably not holding him the right way, not feeding him correctly.’”

She said that she and her husband “always, always worry about that.”

Upon receiving the news that Child Protective Services will no longer be imposing monitoring and other check up visits on the Nikolayev family, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly released this statement: “I am pleased to see that CPS has recognized its error of inserting itself unjustifiably in the lives of Anna and Alex Nikolayev and their young son. It is critically important that we remain vigilant in holding our government accountable.”

Donnelly added that people all over the state have contacted him with their own disturbing encounters with this government body.


Dr. Gina’s interview with Dr. Ruby Dillon, a victim of Child Protective Services Abuses.