Local advocate for parent choice responds to Wilsonville mother-daughter story
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (KATU) - "If every parent is not terrified, they’re not paying attention," said Breeauna Sagdal, with Punished 4 Protecting.
She has a strong reaction to what happened to Wilsonville mother, Christina Dixon, and her daughter, Kylee, who were found in Las Vegas Thursday morning.
Authorities took Kylee into protective custody in accordance with a judge's order, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said. The sheriff's office worked with the FBI and passed tips to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Family friends told KATU that Christina Dixon was seeking naturopathic treatments for her teenage daughter, who was diagnosed with cancer.
She left the Wilsonville area with her daughter, missing a scheduled surgery for Kylee on June 6, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The mother ignored a court order that her daughter be placed in Oregon's Department of Human Services care.
"Why do we need SWAT teams and FBI going after children because they’re seeking a second opinion or a third-party opinion or naturopathic medication?" said Sagdal.
Kylee will be brought back to Oregon for medical treatment.
"I’m astounded that this is America. I’m terrified," said Sagdal. "Why are we being demonized as parents for seeking alternative therapies?"
Sagdal said the community should put pressure on local lawmakers to issue more protections for families.
KATU learned Oregon state Sen. Kim Thatcher is now involved in the case. Her office said it met with DHS Thursday morning, but is still waiting for more information.
"We are thankful the child was found safe," Christy Sinatra, a representative for DHS said in a statement. "DHS takes the safety and well-being of children very seriously. DHS is obligated to comply with court orders and any actions DHS may take in regard to this child will be focused on the child’s safety and well-being."
"DHS has requirements to protect the safety and health of the children and youth in our care, as well as their personal information. While we appreciate the help of the media and public in locating this child, we are not able to share any additional information about the family beyond the details law enforcement provided."