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,