Chicago hearing in custody case of Kansas City area teen is rescheduled

06/18/2014 1:03 PM

06/18/2014 4:40 PM

A hearing scheduled for Wednesday to determine whether a Kansas City area teen will remain in a Chicago foster home or be reunited with his mother has been rescheduled.

Michelle Rider of Kansas City, North, expected to take the stand at 1:30 p.m. in Cook County family court. She had hoped for a decision after the hearing.

A clerk with the court said Wednesday afternoon that the hearing had been rescheduled for next Tuesday. No reason was given.

Rider took her only child, Isaiah, to Chicago earlier this year for treatment of neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition in which tumors develop on nerves throughout the body.

In mid-April, she discussed transferring her son — who has a chronic medical history — from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital to a hospital in another state. That’s when the hospital reported her for medical child abuse, she says, and her son was placed in temporary protective custody.

The allegation, which family and friends reject, is that Rider has subjected Isaiah to unnecessary medical care, causing him to suffer.

Ever since, including a 24-day period when she couldn’t see Isaiah, she has been fighting to bring him home.

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