Huntingburg, IN Family Fights For Medical Rights For Their Daughter With Epilepsy

Indiana CPS Seizes Control Of Toddler’s Medical Care

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44 News, Evansville journalist, Jeff Goldberg broke the story here.  One of our over 2000 informed and thoughtful parents brought this to our attention yesterday, Sunday September 24, 2017.

Since that time, our organization has researched the forced pharmaceutical, Keppra and found several concerning issues. You can read the package insert yourself here. We found the following information:

  • Not approved for kids under age 6 (this “toddler” doesn’t even look 2 years old)
  • Only studied in 24 kids and they were all older than age 6
  • No one even knows how this drug works
  • All the double blind studies were done on adults
  • Contraindications include: “If you are worse on this drug, stop taking it”
  • Meant to be used in adjunct therapy (not primary)
  • Side Effects include: Renal Failure, suicidal thought and infertility (as the informed and concerned father mentions in the news article)

The parents will be setting up a crowd funding account that allows for donations for attorney fees. The goal is $5000. We will update this story with that link as soon as it is made available to us.

There is a t-shirt drive to help with costs as well. You can order your t-shirt here.


Our official statement and press release is as follows:

Indiana For Medical Freedom
Contact: Melissa Sfura, President and Co-Founder



Evansville, Indiana, September 25, 2017- An epileptic Evansville toddler’s medical care was taken over by Indiana CPS last week over a dispute in medical treatment.  The Jerger family seeks public support in reestablishing parental rights for their sick toddler, Jaelah despite cooperating with their physician.

Jade and Lehla Jerger, parents of Jaelah Jerger, say their daughter suffers from epilepsy and can have up to 100 seizures a day. KEPPRA, a common seizure medication was prescribed by a physician affiliated with Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, but according to Jaelah’s family, the medication did not reduce the number of daily seizures and, in fact, came with serious side effects that included trouble eating and sleeping and increased irritability. The family maintains they were cooperative with doctors and gave her the medication as prescribed.

According to the manufacturer package insert page for KEPPRA, this medication is not FDA approved for children under the age of 6 and is primarily used as an adjunctive therapy. Side effects can include: renal failure, infertility, suicidal thoughts and warns that those who worsen on this drug should cease taking it and talk to their physician.

Desperate to give their daughter some relief, Jaelah’s parents decided to try CBD oil, a somewhat new alternative treatment for epilepsy, in addition to the medication prescribed by her physician. CBD oil is  derived from the cannabis plant but is legal in the state of Indiana and does not require a prescription. Jaelah’s parents say her seizures decreased from 100 per day, down to around 2. Jaelah’s physician did not agree with this experimental treatment and called CPS, who removed Jergers’ rights to oversee their daughter’s medical care, citing medical neglect. Jaelah must submit to weekly tests to prove she is taking the prescribed medication. Noncompliance could result in Jaelah being removed from her home.

Now the Jergers are fighting the state to resume medical decisions on Jaelah’s behalf. Now under state care, Jaelah is being forced to take a medication that may not be best for her condition.

Source: Jeff Goldberg, 44 News, Evansville

Indiana For Medical Freedom condemns this overreach into the lives of thoughtful, loving and informed parents that are within their rights per Public Law 188, which allows the use of CBD Oil for seizures in Indiana. Indiana For Medical Freedom condemns any forced medical procedures, pharmaceuticals and biologicals in Indiana or anywhere else. Indiana For Medical freedom respectfully demands the Jergers’ CPS file be immediately closed and any and all medical decision rights be immediately returned to the parents, as we believe parental rights are fundamental and supreme.”

Additionally, we have been on the phone with the legislative assistant to an Indiana State Senator that is working on this important matter with many other State Senators.

The Jergers aren’t backing down. They’re within their legal rights. The use of CBD oil for seizures is legal, disagreeing with your doctor is legal, seeking a second opinion is legal. Forcing parents to give their children medication, treatments or procedures is something that Indiana For Medical Freedom opposes. Our support goes to the parents and we will rally behind them for whatever they need at this time. According to the “Justice for Jaelah” Facebook Page here and current GoFundMe (which we’ve advised will probably be taken down, because you can’t ask for donations for attorney fees), this all started when parents went against the recommendations of Riley Hospital in Indianapolis and severed the relationship. The hospital then reported the parents to CPS for “medical neglect”. CPS intervened on September 20, 2017. Parents are now supposed to submit to weekly blood draws at Memorial Hospital in Evansville, Indiana to prove they’re drugging their baby with medication never approved for her age. They’ve been advised by their attorney and State Senator to “proactively fight” CPS and Riley Hospital.

Stop Child Abuse In The Classroom. A Legal Challenge to Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Press Conference Announces Federal Effort to Challenge ESSA

Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis, September 20, 2017

Update 9/21/17 3:58pm

There was confusion about the Executive Order number.

“EO 12866 was issued under the Clinton administration to create a process for making regulatory changes.   This EO was amended by Obama to change the regulations under FERPA and by-pass Congress.” ~Karen Bracken

This can be found on the Federal Register, Docket ID: ED-2011-OM-0002 

End of update.

Many of our followers are already aware that vigilant citizenry requires that we become the media. Since there was no media coverage of this newsworthy event, Indiana For Medical Freedom will gladly break this story.


Dr. Duke Pesta, Ph. D was the Master of Ceremony. Dr. Duke received his doctorate from Purdue University. “What’s going on in our public schools is shocking”, Dr. Duke begins. He goes on to explain that because of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), “We’re asking teachers, who have no real training in this kind of psychology, this kind of sociology to set aside their teaching of subjects like Math and Science, History and Reading, and to focus on behavioral issues that they are not qualified to address.”  Dr. Pesta then poses the question, “Who’s assessing them? Shouldn’t you, parents, as stakeholders be allowed to assess our teachers?”

It’s unclear at this time who exactly turned off the mic in The People’s House, but it is believed that it was the Indiana Department of Education, whose office the press conference was just outside of. Perhaps they disagreed with the message, and thought they had the authority to silence concerned citizens in their own house? As medical freedom fighters, our organization and others across the country are very used to this behavior from elected officials.

What citizens need to know is that your students’ formerly protected information is being shared with state agencies, other faculty and other parents. The reason is because the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was gutted by Executive Order 12866 by our former President.


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Indiana For Medical Freedom encourages all Medical Freedom groups to look into this matter. Talk to your members. We knew something was going on with FERPA because parents have been reporting to us that other parents are demanding all students be fully vaccinated. We’ve had parents that work at schools report that school nurses are discussing that it’s suspicious that parents are not sharing medical records with them, calling parents “lazy” for using Pull-Ups training diapers. Recently an Indiana school corporation school nurse announced to faculty that ALL parents of students, regardless of a diagnosis, would be reported to the Indiana Department of Child Services if the student had toileting issues. Another one of our parents came to the press conference yesterday and told Dr. Pesta that her 15 year old had come home from school and went searching through her parents’ private documents trying to find “what they lied to her about” because her teachers are openly discussing in the classroom that they’ve all been lied to by their parents. THIS is ESSA. The socio-emotional engineering of our children.

Dr. Pesta is promoting a legal challenge to ESSA and demanding that FERPA be restored. Concerned citizens and parents can register here, to be added to an email list to receive action items and updates on this federal effort. Indiana For Medical Freedom encourages everyone reading this article to do so.

Dr. Pesta’s team will be uploading video of yesterday’s press conference and we’ll update this post with the video, once it is released.



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Federal Effort Action Alert

Florida Congressman Needs Our Help

Bill Posey (R) Has Introduced H.R. 3615

Vaccinated vs Non-Vaccinated Total Health Outcome Study


Indiana For Medical Freedom hopes that Hoosiers will take a few moments to email, write or call your Federal Representatives, respectfully requesting they support Congressman Bill Posey (R) FL.

Our goals are simple:

1. Get cosponsors
2. Reach out to the Committee on Energy & Commerce to support the bill
3. Let our Reps know we want them to support HR3615 when it comes to the House floor

You can read the bill text here.

Find the Energy and Commerce members here.

If you’re not sure who your Representatives are you can enter your zip code to find out here.

We’d like to thank everyone for their action, support and unity on this very important matter. The issue of Vaccine Safety is a non partisan issue. It affects us all. Vaccine Injury does not care what religion you are, what your education level is, how large or small your home is, what’s in your wallet, what your socio-economic status is, what gender you are, what your sexual orientation is, what ethnicity you are, what political party you associate with. Many people believe that our non-vaccinated children are healthier than their vaccinated peers. If science matters, this is a study that MUST be conducted. We encourage everyone to insist that this study be conducted. Even the smallest action matters. Write a letter or make a phone call TODAY.