MOORE, Okla. – Tammy Searcy has been living without her five kids for nearly a week. She says DHS took her kids on Monday.
“All of them just freaked out, my son was screaming and crying,” said Searcy.
Searcy said a DHS official questioned her about a video of her daughter Brianna having a seizure. The caseworker told her someone allegedly accused her of giving the 14-year-old marijuana.
“She made the accusation then that I was giving Brianna marijuana, I was using and I wasn’t giving her meds,” Searcy said.
Brianna has severe autism and Lennox-Gastaut, a type of epilepsy that brings on seizures.
Searcy said her daughter took tons of medication but nothing really worked until she looked into Cannabidiol, or CBD, a legal oil extract from marijuana.
“I saw that it’s 100 percent THC free, it’s completely legal,” Searcy said.
Searcy said the difference with Brianna was like night and day.
“Within 48 hours she was riding her horse again, I mean walking, running,” said Searcy.
The family fears they may not see each other for the holidays.
Searcy’s oldest daughter, Kaitlyn, is with a family member and the others are still in state custody.
Kaitlyn is begging DHS workers to allow her and Brianna to stay together in foster care.
“I asked her to place me with somebody that I know can help me with her, that know something about her, where she can be okay and said, ‘Well, I can’t,'” Kaitlyn said.
DHS sent News 4 a statement saying:
“While we cannot divulge specifics in child welfare cases, we can say that what the family is alleging about why their children were removed is untrue. DHS does not have the authority to remove children without a court order. While DHS can make recommendations, the removal of children, including emergency removal orders, are directed by the court. In addition, families are given due process when working through the court system, including the ability to present their case before a judge within 72 hours of the children’s removal.”