Theresa O’Brien reports in a multi-part series about the epidemic of medical kidnappings being thrust upon parents of medically complex children.  This first article discusses a case out of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.  Every parent should be aware that a trip to the emergency room may risk the government taking custody of a child due to false allegations.  My book discusses the fact that chid abuse pediatricians are badly in need of a check on their influence and empowers parents with the information they need to successfully negotiate a difficult system.  Part III of my book is entirely devoted to the special considerations ever parent of a medically complex child needs to know.