Rachel Bruno of Orange County, California won a $500,000 settlement in December 2018 from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office (LACSO) involving a case where her 20-month-old son David was removed from his grandparents’ home by Orange County Child Protective Services (CPS) and, reportedly, given a “full body medical test and 13 vaccines without a warrant or parental consent” at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).1 2
The settlement with the LACSO was for its role in violating Bruno’s due process rights by “carrying out an unwarranted seizure” of her son.1
In July 2019, Bruno won a second big settlement from CPS and CHOC for their role in conducting unauthorized medical tests and administering more than a dozen vaccinations to her son. According to a news report, “an invasive test” was performed on David at CHOC, along with a “full skeletal x-ray for which he had to be forcibly held down.”1
The settlement with CPS and CHOC is for the “damage social workers and hospital staff did to the Brunos’ civil rights by ordering lab tests on David without valid warrants or parental consent.”1
Additionally, officials with the Orange County Social Services failed to contact David’s pediatrician prior to vaccinating him to “catch up” to the current childhood schedule of recommended vaccines. State social service officials decided David needed to “catch up” on all the vaccinations listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) childhood vaccine schedule. According to a news report, “David had been vaccinated according to his pediatrician’s recommendations at a slower pace because of a troubling reaction to Prevnar. At the physician’s direction, his vaccination schedule had been altered to slow it down to avoid more reactions.”1
Orange County Social Services reportedly vaccinated David with “seven shots containing twelve viruses at once, disregarding his medical history and without parental consent.”1
It is unclear which vaccines were administered. For toddlers between the ages of 12-18 months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a third dose of the hepatitis B (HepB) vaccine; a fourth dose of the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine; a third or fourth dose of the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine; a fourth dose of the pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13) vaccine; a third dose of the inactivated poliovirus (IPV) vaccine; one or two doses of the annual influenza (IIV) vaccine; one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, one dose of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine and two doses of the hepatitis A (HepA) vaccine.3
1 Volpe M. California Woman Wins Huge Settlement In CPS Incident Where Son Was Taken, Given 13 Vaccines. Daily Caller June 25, 2019.
2 Fox M. California Mom Wins Second Big Settlement Against CPS for Seizing, Vaccinating Son Without Warrant. PJ Media July 10, 2019.
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Immunization Schedules. Feb. 5, 2019.