The parents of a four-year-old boy with cancer are fighting to regain custody after courts took him away because the couple ended his chemotherapy in favor of treatment with CBD oil and medical pot.
The custody trial of Noah McAdams began on Monday in Tampa, Florida, where the spotlight is on the fitness of parents Joshua McAdams, 27, and Taylor Bland-Ball, 22.
In May, Noah was placed in the custody of his grandmother after McAdams and Bland-Ball cut short his chemotherapy for lymphoblastic leukemia and fled with the boy to Kentucky.
Now, their attorney Brooke Elvington indicated at trial that they may accept conventional medical treatment to regain custody, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The custody trial of Noah McAdams began on Monday in Tampa, Florida, where the spotlight is on the fitness of parents Joshua McAdams, 27, and Taylor Bland-Ball, 22
Noah underwent the first two rounds of chemotherapy at All Children’s Hospital in in St. Petersburg before his parents decided to stop the treatment over fears of the side effects
On Monday, McAdams took the stand where state prosecutors grilled him about his prior domestic violence episodes.
McAdams grew testy and combative at times on the witness stand, but admitted to throwing a toy through a window and breaking it.
In another incident in 2016, McAdams was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery.
The couple was arguing when the father threw a plastic toy bucket at the Blad-Ball, cutting the face of Noah when he was a baby, the arrest report said.
McAdams spent three days in jail, but the criminal case was dropped the next year.
McAdams took the stand and expressed his remorse about the incident. He said he enrolled in a counseling program because of it.
On Tuesday, Bland-Ball is expected to resume her testimony. Once the trial concludes, the judge has 30 days to issue a ruling.
The family’s saga dates back to April 4, when young Noah received a shock diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
Taylor Bland-Ball, 22, and Joshua McAdams, 27, lost custody of their son after police say they refused to provide him with the medical treatment he needs and instead fled from Florida to Kentucky
Noah’s parents, pictured outside court, were allowed to treat their son with natural remedies in addition to chemotherapy
Noah underwent the first two rounds of chemotherapy at All Children’s Hospital in in St. Petersburg…