California mother jailed
after three years as
refugee in Canada
March 2, 2003 - She was a well-paid
legal secretary living in Silicon Valley until Sunnyvale
School District educators decided they wanted to put her
6-year-old son, Vincent, on Ritalin. When Diane Booth refused
to medicate her son, they called CPS.
After months of trying to please the systemites while her
very young son was imprisoned, abused, and drugged in
Eastfield Ming Quong, a locked children's holding facility at
one time used to force social services on California's Chinese
immigrant children, Diane took matters into her own hands. In
desperation and at her son's request she helped him escape and
entered Canada with him on July 5, 2000. Doctors there
diagnosed him with Tourette's Syndrome as a result of forced
drugs at the CPS children's incarceration facility in Santa
Clara County, California.
Only two months later the FBI apprehended them in British
Columbia and tore Vincent from her side while he screamed for
help that his mother wasn't allowed to give him. Now Diane is
back in Santa Clara County, in jail and facing child
endangerment and child stealing charges for trying to help her
Your letters of support will be
Elmwood Correctional Center for Women
Urgent - your help is needed...
AM Pacific Standard Time
I am writing to you, seeking your assistance. As you know,
I have long been engaged in raising public awareness about the
dangers of psychiatric medications. Furthermore, it is
critical that the public be informed that there are no valid
medical tests that can prove any abnormality in a person who
has been labeled with any number of psychiatric disorders,
Through the very unfortunate circumstances of one mother
and her child, a door has opened which will allow us to bring
our message to the consciousness of the public in a way we had
This message is lengthy, but it is of utmost importance. I
encourage you to read it in it's entirety, and then take
Diane Booth is the mother of whom I speak. She waited a
long time to have her first child. She was forty years old
when her beautiful son, Vincent, arrived. Her marriage did not
last, and she was left a single mother.
Vincent was experiencing some difficulty in school, and
Diane was told that he might have ADHD. He was "tested", and
the "diagnosis" was confirmed. Diane was told that he would
need medication for his "problem". She felt that his
inattentiveness could be handled without the use of such a
strong drug, and refused. Shortly thereafter, a medical
negligence claim was filed against her, and the local
department of child and family services removed Vincent from
her care and custody.
Think upon this for a moment, my friends... Can this really
happen? You bet it can, and it is happening with increasing
Diane was able to locate Vincent and she "stole him back"
and fled to Canada.
It did not take long for the authorities to catch up with
her, and they took her beloved child from her again, leaving
her as a refuge in a foreign land. She lived as a fugitive for
some time; I had correspondence with her during part of this
time, but I never knew her whereabouts. She was recently
arrested on charges of "parental abduction" and is now in a
California jail, awaiting trial... and her fate.
I have agreed to set up her legal defense fund through our
new non-profit- ASPIRE. I will be securing a depository
account to receive funds hopefully tomorrow, but by Monday at
Please open your hearts and your pocketbooks to help Diane
gain her freedom, and be reunited with her son.
I am providing you with the address where you can send your
contributions. Please be sure and include your full name,
return address and email address for our records. I do not
know whether your contribution will be tax deductible or not,
but I will let you know as soon as possible. I will also send
periodic updates to all who contribute. I am also including
for you a statement by Dr Fred A. Baughman, MD who has agreed
to testify for and on her behalf. He is offering his expert
witness and services to her free of charge.
We are also looking for a criminal defense attorney,
preferably residing in or near where Diane is being held, in
Milpitas, CA. If any of you are attorneys, or if you know of
an attorney who might be willing to come to her defense,
please forward this to them, and CC back to me at my other
I am also including a copy of the letter I am sending to
her tomorrow. I encourage each of you to write to her; it
matters not if you know her personally or not. I know her, and
she is a good mother, a beautiful person. It will do wonders
for her to receive your letters of encouragement and
I also encourage you to forward this message, in it's
entirety to everyone you know.
With love to all,
Dawn (The Avenging
Letter from Dawn Rider
February 27, 2003
Center for Women
PO Box 360910
I hope my letter finds you in good spirits. I understand
you have been allowed to see your son, and that he appears to
be fine. Thank God for His infinite mercy. Know that He is
aware of your situation. Many are.
Diane, we are doing all we can to raise awareness. Even now
we are exploring the best ways to raise funds for your legal
defense. Charlie Wittman has asked that I manage the fund. I
spoke with him by telephone this evening. And, dear Dr.
Baughman - such a good soul. He will be your expert witness,
and there is no better to address this particular problem, as
you well know.
This is our plan: You know that I have an extensive
network, and many of my friends have their own networks. I am
going to post a message that summarizes what has taken place.
I will ask for contributions to be sent in C/O of the
non-profit we have set up. I will also post your address for
any who may wish to send you letters of support and
encouragement. And, I will ask for their prayers.
I see that the media is still coddling to the powers that
be. An article in the SJ Mercury on February 1st provided only
an outline of the evidence, missing the vital points that
would have enraged the public, if only they had been provided
even a sampling of the truth of what has happened.
Are you being treated well? What is the routine of your day
like? Are you allowed to read? Can you write back? What kind
of things are we allowed to send to you? Do you need a
I still have much to do, and it is already into the early
morning hours. I leave you with a prayer:
Father, I ask thee to bless my friend who is reading this
I ask thee to minister to her spirit at this very
Where there is pain, give her thy peace and mercy.
Where there is self doubting, release a renewed confidence
in thy ability to work through her.
Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I ask thee to give
her understanding, patience, and strength as she learns
submission to thy leading.
Where there is spiritual stagnation, I ask thee to renew
her by revealing thy nearness, and by drawing her into greater
intimacy with thee.
Where there is fear, reveal thy love, and release to her
thy courage. Where there is a sin, reveal it, and break its
Bless her finances, give her greater vision, and raise up
leaders, and friends to support, and encourage her.
Give her discernment to recognize the evil forces around
her, and reveal to her the power she has in thee to defeat
I ask thee to do these things for my friend and I ask you
to bless and protect America, in the name of they blessed and
beloved Son and my savior, Jesus Christ.
Your friend The Avenging Angel
Address where contributions can be sent. Please write
clearly on your check:
Diane Booth Legal Defense Fund
West Center Street
P.O. Box 1932
Orem, UT 84059-1932
For those who may prefer to do a wire transfer, let me know
and I will forward routing information as soon as I have
received it from the bank.
Fred A. Baughman, Jr. M.D.
Dr. Baughman's website: ADHD Fraud
DECLARATION OF FRED A. BAUGHMAN JR., MD
IN THE CASE OF
DIANE (& VINCENT) BOOTH
Prepared February 25,
at 1303 Hidden Mountain Dr., El Cajon, CA, 92019
I declare that all of my statements herein, including in
all of the documents I have appended, are true and correct,
under penalty of perjury. Further, I am prepared to testify to
the truth and correctness thereof, at trial.
Whether or not Diane Booth acted contrary to the best
interests of her son, Vincent (BD 6/19/93), so as to justify,
the court's having removed him from her custody and whether or
not she was justified in fleeing from Santa Clara County,
California to Canada with him, resulting in her being
criminally charged, depends entirely upon whether or not the
claims made by state and county agents and agencies, that he
had a disease-attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
were valid and correct or were not. Vincent's mother, Diane
Booth, believed then and now that ADHD was not a valid disease
and that her son was normal, needed no medical treatment, and
that he only stood to be injured in the event such a
"diagnosis" were to be applied with the resulting treatments
that were being urged by personnel of his school, board of
education, and agents and agencies (physicians included) of
the county and state.
In medicine it is rare indeed that judges/courts must be
called upon by medical professionals to enforce medical
treatment, over the wishes of parents or guardians, thought to
be necessary to save a life or prevent great medical/physical
harm because the existing parents/guardians are refusing to do
so. In 33 years as a neurologist/child neurologist, I never
had occasion to ask a judge/court to intervene taking parental
rights from natural or adoptive parents to prevent medical
harm from occurring to a minor, as in this case. Further, I
dealt primarily with real, organic diseases of the brain and
nervous system. I would also point out that substantial
numbers of patients in my practice turned out to have no
organic disease, but sychological/mental/psychiatric problems
and I provided care for substantial numbers of them both
independently and in collaboration with psychiatrists and
other mental health professionals and I never had occasion to
ask a court to remove parental or other decision-making from
existing parents, family members or executors because I
thought their health was, otherwise, in jeopardy.
We have all heard of cases where members of certain
religions will not allow needed blood transfusions for
necessary, life-saving surgery. Most have also heard of
persons of such beliefs not allowing life-saving antibiotics
in the face of potentially lethal infections, or of
disallowing insulin for religious reasons for their son or
daughter with "brittle" life-threatening diabetes mellitus.
These are real medical and judicial dilemmas dealing with real
life-and-death medical situations and diseases, that justly
call for judicial deliberation, moderation or
In this case, however, Vincent was said to have ADHD which
was and is represented by public school personnel and agents
and agencies of the county to be a disease, needing treatment,
when, in fact, it is not a disease/abnormality at all.
Vincent, prior to "treatment" with multiple psychiatric drugs
was, instead, medically/biologically normal.Once such brain-,
body-altering drugs are begun, he was, for the first time, no
longer medically/biologically, normal.
On 2/5/03 I submitted a "Suspected Child Abuse Report" to
the Child Protective Service, 373 W. Julian St. San Jose, CA
95110 with which my two letters to Judge L.P. Edwards,
comprise the substance of my written complaint. Those letters
were dated 12/10/02 and 2/5/03. Just as I got no answer to the
first of these letters, I have gotten no answer to the second
letter or to the child abuse report. Further, this morning
(2/5/03) I called and spoke with Social Worker, Angela
Sanchez, who denied any knowledge of the report I filed; a
report which was addressed to her. I now make this report and
these two letters, part of my declaration. These letters and
other attachments, also part of this declaration, make clear
that ADHD is not only not a medical emergency, but that it is
not an abnormality/disease at all, within Vincent or within
As the main invited speaker at the November 16-18, 1998,
NIH, Consensus Conference on ADHD, on the subject: "Is ADHD a
Valid Disorder?" Professor William B. Carey concluded:
"...common assumptions about ADHD include that it is
clearly distinguishable from normal behavior, constitutes a
neurodevelopmentaldisability, is relatively uninfluenced by
the environment... All of these assumptions...must be
challenged because of the weakness of empirical (research)
support and the strength of contrary evidence...What is now
most often described as ADHD in the United States appears to
be a set of normal behavioral variations... This discrepancy
leaves the validity of the construct in doubt..."
Appropriately, the final statement of the Consensus
Conference Panel, 11/18/98 read (p.3, lines 10-13):
"...we do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and
there are no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain
Here we were, in the Fall of 1998 with the "epidemic" at
4-5 million, and "ADHD.appears to be a set of normal
variations," and "there are no data to indicate that ADHD is
due to a brain malfunction. Nor has the state of the science
changed to this day despite claims from the psycho-pharm, ADHD
Not an abnormality/disease within the individual, there can
be no indicated, necessary, logical, appropriate, or
scientifically-based, medical treatment, much less medical
treatment, which if not allowed by a parent or legal guardian,
can be deemed negligence of a parent or guardian to be
over-ridden by a court. To do this in the case of ADHD or any
psychiatric condition, fraudulently called an actual/disease
abnormality, is to require junk science and an assault upon
the child/subject, who, having no other diagnoses, is
Sitting next to David Fassler, MD of the American
Psychiatric Association, 9/29/00, I testified to the US
Congress that any physician calling ADHD or any psychiatric
condition a "disease" is committing a fraud. Neither Dr.
Fassler or anyone else testifying, disputed my statement.
However, organized psychiatry continues, nonetheless,
fraudulently, lying to the people of the United States, having
them believe psychiatric conditions/diagnoses are
diseases/abnormalities/ "chemical imbalances" needing pills/
"chemical balancers", and it is they, the leadership of US
psychiatry and mental health who would have courts, such as
that of Judge Edwards, hold that not only are they "diseases"
but that they are diseases that it is parental
negligence/malfeasance not to "treat". ADHD and "biological"
psychiatry (psychiatric "diseases") numerically, is the
greatest health care fraud in the history of the US, a fact
the government-in bed with psychiatry and the pharmaceutical
industry chooses not to acknowledge.
Just as the Consensus Conference could find no disease,
much less a diagnosable one, November 18, 1998, F. Xavier
Castellanos, the most recent ADHD expert to weigh in,
confessed, 10/9/02 [JAMA.2002;288:740-748]: "Finally, despite
the importance of these finding, anatomic MRI studies remain
appropriate only for research, as they cannot yet contribute
to the diagnostic assessment of ADHD."
While weaving illusions of brain diseases with which they
nurture the incredible "epidemic," (ADHD now at 6-7 million
US-wide) what Castellanos, gingerly confesses here, is that
there is no physical evidence; no objective means, by which to
diagnose ADHD. This means that no child labeled ADHD, Vincent
Booth, included, has been shown to be other than NORMAL.
These being the facts of the matter, Vincent Booth, did
not, at the time of "diagnosis" have any actual
disease/abnormality needing treatment to make it normal or
more nearly normal.
These being the facts, Diane Booth did only what was
appropriate and in the best interests of her child to protect
him from unnecessary, invalid, diagnosis and
treatment-diagnosis and treatment that could only harm him,
and that did only cause him untold, inestimable, psychological
and physical/medical harm.
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Treatment or Crime? (editorial) International Journal of Risk
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3. Baughman FA.
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6. Baughman FA. "THE MILLIONS OF CHILDREN LABELED
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