South Dakota

ACLU seeks policy on child catheterization in S. Dakota case

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked South Dakota social services officials to clarify policies on catheterization of children after a woman objected to the procedure done on her 3-year-old son.

The woman told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader in a story published Friday that authorities wanted her two children tested for drugs after her boyfriend failed a drug test. She said the Department of Social Services threatened to remove them from her home if she didn't comply.

She said because her son couldn't provide a sample, he was catheterized by nurses. An ACLU letter to the state says the woman did not know a catheter would be used, and that the boy contracted a staph infection from the procedure.

The state agency declined to discuss specific cases. It says it may request a parent obtain a drug screen, but it doesn't determine the method or perform the screen.


Information from: Argus Leader,