I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again. I’m often glad I never had children in this once free country.

Reading about a California couple whose baby was snatched by armed police who illegally entered the hous with hands on their guns — because the parents sought a second medical opinion — served as a reminder.

There’s video here showing the cops illegally entering the home on a fraudulent CPS pretext. It seems that the Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, California was upset that the parents were not happy with the care their baby was receiving and took the baby to another hospital. This triggered a call from the first hospital to Child Protective Services:

“If we got the one mistake after another, I don’t want to have my baby have surgery in the hospital where I don’t feel safe,” Anna said.

Anna argued with doctors about getting a second opinion. Without a proper discharge, she finally took Sammy out of the hospital to get a second opinion at Kaiser Permanente.

“The police showed up there. They saw that the baby was fine,” Anna said. “They told us that Sutter was telling them so much bad stuff that they thought that this baby is dying on our arms.”

Medical records from the doctor treating Sammy at Kaiser Permanente said the baby as clinically safe to go home with his parents. The doctor added, “I do not have concern for the safety of the child at home with his parents.”

“So police saw the report from the doctors, said, ‘okay guys, you have a good day,’ and they walked away,” Anna said.

Anna said the next day police and child protective services showed up on her doorstep. Alex Nikolayev said he met them outside a short time after they arrived.

“I was pushed against the building, smacked down. I said, ‘am I being placed under arrest?’ He smacked me down onto the ground, yelled out, ‘I think I got the keys to the house,'” Alex said.

Then police let themselves inside.

On home video shot with a camera Anna set up herself, police can be seen entering her front door on Wednesday.

“I’m going to grab your baby, and don’t resist, and don’t fight me ok?” a Sacramento police officer said in the video.

“He’s like, ‘okay let your son go,’ so I had to let him go, and he grabbed my arm, so I couldn’t take Sammy. And they took Sammy, and they just walked away,” Anna said.

So, these swinish bureaucrats with the help of the more swinish police broke into the house and snatched a baby from these people — apparently with no warrant — and now they have to go to court to maybe or maybe not get their baby back.

All because they sought a second opinion.

Sorry if I seem angry, but this sounds more like Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia than the United States of America.

But maybe I need to get used to it.

Again, I’m glad I don’t have kids.

Naturally, CPS wouldn’t even talk to the media:

KXTV reached out to Sutter Memorial and were told to contact child protective services. Reporters were told by CPS that they couldn’t comment on individual cases.

CPS spokesperson Laura McCasland told the ABC affiliate, ‘We conduct a risk assessment of the child’s safety and rely heavily on the direction of health care providers.’

The Nikolayevs were allowed an hour of visitation with Sammy on Thursday.

An outraged Alex told KXTV. ‘It seems like parents have no right whatsoever.’

He’s right, of course.

That such things happen routinely means this is no longer a free country. We have only the trappings of freedom.

But that’s an old whine. What piqued my curiosity was that this was the umpteenth such case I’d had to read about in the British press. Why is that? I realize the MSM doesn’t want to report things that harm officially approved narratives, but surely (so I thought), a story this egregious ought to at least be thoroughly reported as local news, right?

Wrong. And it is not as if Sacramento does not have a local newspaper. The Sacramento Bee has been around for years, and is considered Sacramento’s leading newspaper. Just try finding the story there. I couldn’t.

What’s up with that? Since when do local American news stories have to be reported from England?

UPDATE: A state legislator tried to look into the case but was stonewalled by CPS, which takes the position that it does not need to be accountable to no steenking legislature. (Follow-up post here.)