No Child Left Untagged
CSO’s Security Feed has a story “RFID Technology Prevents Infant Abduction.” The story reads like a press release:
VeriChip Corporation, a subsidiary of Applied Digital (ADSX), a provider of security and identification technology, stated that its “Hugs” RFID infant protection system prevented the abduction of a baby at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. A BioTechWeek article on SecurityInfoWatch.com reported that the Hugs system alarm went off when the infant was removed from the nursery and the staff and security personnel responded quickly to recover the baby, returning him to safety in the maternity ward. The Hugs Infant Protection System has a tiny radio transmitter that is worn on the baby’s wrist or ankle. Exit points throughout the hospital are electronically monitored to detect unauthorized removal of an infant. In the last 22 years, there have been 233 infant abductions in the United States, half of which occurred from healthcare facilities.
So, doing a little digging, it seems the ‘abductors’ were Walter Mitchell and Juanita Slade, the baby’s parents. Mitchell and Slade’s other children are wards of the state because of drug issues. However, they cared enough about their child to bring him to a hospital for a checkup after he was born. Now the press is touting this as an “abduction.”
I have very mixed feelings about all of this. Most child abductions in the US are custody battles. I know a fair number of smart, well-adjusted, successful people with “alternative” lifestyles who are terrified of DSS and their ilk. (See Fight CPS, Child “Protection?”, or AFRA Horror Stories for more.) The story above could have been written “Modern technology used to keep families apart.”