State-mandated kidnapping: Idaho CPS takes baby away from parents over missed medical appointment
By Ramon Tomey // May 03, 2022

Idaho's child protective services (CPS) has kidnapped a baby over a missed medical appointment.


Diego Rodriguez shared the story of how his grandson, baby Cyrus, was taken by CPS from his parents. Baby Cyrus is the child of Diego's daughter Marissa and her husband. Following a breastfeeding regimen for seven and a half months, the baby's parents introduced him to solid foods.

Baby Cyrus, however, did not tolerate solids, leading Marissa and her husband to visit different hospitals to find out what was wrong. Despite this, doctors found no issues with baby Cyrus and discharged the infant with a clean bill of health.

Rodriguez added that a review of the infant's condition done at the Functional Medicine of Idaho (FMI) medical facility went fine and that the schedule for baby Cyrus' next visit was already set. But a day before the next scheduled visit, baby Cyrus got sick again and vomited, leading the nurse practitioner doing the review to determine that he had lost 35 grams. The nurse ordered Marissa to bring the baby the following day at 10 a.m. – which she agreed to.

Marissa did not feel well on the day of the second visit, so she informed FMI to cancel her appointment. According to Rodriguez, the hospital called her, but she was unable to answer as she was sleeping. The nurse practitioner then notified Idaho CPS 20 minutes after the original appointment time. The baby's grandfather said Idaho CPS then texted Marissa and sent two police cars to escort both her and baby Cyrus to a center for abuse victims, but Marissa's husband refused.

The family later paid a visit to a family friend, who was a former police officer, to talk about the predicament. But after they left the friend's house, they realized that law enforcement was following their truck into a gas station.

"[They] take my son-in law [and Marissa], arrest my other daughter [Miranda Chavoya], pull them out and slam them against the truck [and] handcuff them. They mistreated [Marissa], abused her, falsely accused her and then arrested her for no reason whatsoever," recounted the grandfather. (Related: Texas CPS lists parents on the child abuse registry after unlawfully snatching their 4-year-old child.)

Baby Cyrus returned to his family following public outcry

An ambulance with two emergency medical technicians (EMTs) soon arrived, with Marissa being asked to enter. But once she entered, one of the EMTs demanded she give baby Cyrus to his companion and threatened her with arrest for noncompliance. "You need to give [baby Cyrus] to the [other] EMT and you can go on your merry way with your friends and your family, or I remove him from you and you go to jail."

Rodriguez said his daughter adamantly held on to her son, forcing the EMTs to remove baby Cyrus out of her hands. The EMTs then returned the infant to FMI.

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy and several others gathered in front of the hospital later that night to protest baby Cyrus' state-mandated kidnapping, but he was later arrested for trespassing. Bundy first made news in January 2016, when he and several others occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Ridge in Oregon. He was later exonerated of all charges related to the Malheur occupation in October of that year.

"The next morning, we sent out alerts to everybody we know. We have a fairly visible following here with some political action that we've already done here before. [Soon enough], there were over 400 people at the hospital protesting, and they [did so] every single day nonstop for seven days," said Rodriguez. Bundy was a close friend of Rodriguez's family, and his arrest brought attention to the case.

The resulting emails and phone calls from concerned individuals, alongside negative publicity from around the U.S. and worldwide, forced FMI to move baby Cyrus out of the hospital. A week later, he was reunited with his parents. Rodriguez lamented, however, that the baby was still "technically the legal property of the state of Idaho, simply under the current care of his parents until the next adjudicatory hearing."

Rodriguez said the kidnapping of baby Cyrus was "state-subsidized child trafficking," explaining that it clearly fell under "the forceful taking of a child from his parents or family and putting [them] into the hands of somebody else for profit." He continued: "The reason why this happens is because … all 50 states get paid by the federal government when a child is taken out of the custody of his parents by the state. Once they place that child into foster care, they get a secondary payment." has more stories about CPS forcibly abducting children.

Watch Diego Rodriguez recount the story of baby Cyrus' kidnapping to Dr. Bryan Ardis on the Brighteon.TV program "The Dr. Ardis Show."

This video is from the BrighteonTV channel on

More related stories:

His Glory broadcast: Child Protective Services is the largest child trafficking ring in history – Brighteon.TV.

The Dr. Ardis Show: Baby Cyrus' grandfather accuses CPS of kidnapping his grandson – Brighteon.TV.

Simply EVIL: States are taking away children from parents to collect money.

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