Doctors accused moms of abusing their children. Our investigation raised questions about that

Just after 9 p.m. on a Sunday two years ago, with Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters filling her Houston home and more rain falling, Ajshay James climbed into a rescue boat, holding her daughter, Harper. A Houston Chronicle and NBC News investigation found that doctors trained to spot child abuse had in some instances overstated their ability to determine when a child had been harmed, triggering traumatic family separations. In response, some Texas lawmakers have begun calling for additional safeguards to protect families. Harper, not yet 2, had been in and out of hospitals her entire life. Born nearly four months early, she spent her first 16 weeks in an incubator, connected to a machine that pumped oxygen in and out of her still-developing lungs. Her skin was thin and fragile, like plastic wrap. Each time Harper’s breathing slowed dangerously in those early months, James cried and prayed as nurses rushed to revive her. When Harper finally left the hospital at five months, doctors sent her with a device to monitor her heart rate and breathing. After its alarm sounded a few weeks later, Harper underwent surgery at Texas Children’s, one of the nation’s top-ranked pediatric hospital...

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Nashoba Regional School District Budget Brochure: is available at the Thayer Memorial Library, town offices, offices of all schools in the district and the central office. An electronic version can be found online at www.nrsd.net. Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 25; Lancaster Town Green. Plants for shade and sun, herbs, ground covers, lilies and hosta. Come support the club’s year-round programs. Hosted by the Lancaster Garden Club. Memorial Day Observances: 9 a.m. Monday, May 27; Lancaster Town Green. After the observance, the parade will proceed to the North Cemetery, led by the American Legion. Music will be provided by Nashoba Regional High School Band, directed by Joseph McCarthy, and Luther Burbank Middle School Band, directed by Amy Belhumeur. At the North Cemetery, the Heritage Group will place flowers and wreaths on the graves, and Taps will be played. The parade will then proceed back to the Town Green. Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative: Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. For information, email 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com. Writing on the Trail: with Tim Castner, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1 (rain date Saturday, June 8); Fruitlands Mu...