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WA parents lose baby for eight months after trip to hospital

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Brian and Sarah Kersey have no criminal history. They're trained medical professionals - Sarah a nurse, and Brian, a certified nursing assistant.

But when they took their sick baby to the hospital in Tacoma, they ended up being wrongly accused of abusing their son, then lost custody of their child for eight months.

The Kerseys told KIRO TV they wanted a baby so badly they went through fertility treatments and suffered through two miscarriages before Ethan was born.

Ten weeks after Ethan's birth, they took him to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital because he had a fever and wasn't eating well.

They quickly realized the hospital staff was inspecting them just as much as the child.

"It really hit me, and I was like, 'This is crazy. I feel like I'm in a Twilight Zone.' What's going on?" Sarah Kersey told KIRO TV.

Doctors were concerned about red marks on Ethan's face and a red lesion under his tongue.

Soon, the Kerseys were joined in the hospital by police officers, Child Protective Services and a hospital child abuse specialist.

And five days after bringing their child to the hospital, he was removed from the Kerseys' home.

It would take eight months of legal wrangling and red tape before a judge ruled the Kerseys were good parents and could re-gain custody of their son.

Medical experts found the redness under Ethan's tongue was likely caused by sucking his fingers.

"And I had just cut his nails a few days before, so little baby nails are very sharp," Sarah Kersey said.

The Kerseys voluntarily took polygraph tests and passed, and social workers noted in case files from the beginning that the parents were "appropriately concerned" and "bonded" with their baby.

The hospital released a statement to KIRO TV, saying it has a duty to report potential abuse. They said it's up to Child Protective Services to determine whether any abuse actually happened.

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