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Woman Who Lost Custody After False-Positive Drug Test Wins Settlement

A Pennsylvania mom settled her claims against the state's child welfare workers and the local hospital at which she'd delivered her infant recently. That wouldn't normally catch my attention, but the underlying facts certainly did:

When Mort was in the hospital to deliver her baby, Isabella Rodriguez, in April 2010, she tested positive for opiates after eating a [poppy-seed] bagel, her lawyer said. The hospital alerted the county Department of Public Welfare, which, along with two police officers, forcibly removed three-day-old Isabella from Mort's home for five days. 'I was devastated. I just cried and cried and cried. I didn't want to let her go. I was heartbroken,' Mort said at a news conference following her filing of the lawsuit.

If you think that can't happen - that there has to be more to the story than a poppy-seed bagel - think again. Read more here.