Arizona Mother Facing Jail Time for Speaking out Against Medical Kidnapping

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Kayla and Hannah Diegel suffer from a rare form of mitochondrial disease, and were removed from the custody of their parents in 2014 for allegedly disagreeing with their doctors. Are they a subject of a drug trial? Original Story.

One sup­porter has asked if this is a “hit list.” Melissa Diegel has until Mon­day (May 18th) to turn over all the con­tact infor­ma­tion, includ­ing phone num­bers and emails, of every sin­gle per­son that she has com­mu­ni­cated with about her daugh­ters, or an Ari­zona judge says she will go to jail.

The Face­book page set up by sup­port­ers to fol­low the Diegel sis­ters’ story has more than 9,000 fol­low­ers, many of whom have been actively involved in advo­cat­ing for the release of Han­nah and Kayla from CPS custody.

Health Impact News was one of the first news orga­ni­za­tions to report on the Diegel fam­ily story in 2014:

10 and 12 Year Old Sis­ters Seized from Fam­ily by Hos­pi­tal in Phoenix

A judge ordered us, via Melissa Diegel, to take down our story back in 2014. The story is still up.

Accord­ing to their page, A Mir­a­cle for Two Sis­ters, Melissa faces a judge on Mon­day on con­tempt of court charges. Supe­rior Court Judge Colleen McNally report­edly ordered her to turn over a list of all of the peo­ple that she con­tacted about her children’s story. Melissa com­plied, turn­ing over a list of enti­ties and orga­ni­za­tions that she had been in con­tact with.

Allegedly, this was not enough. It was report­edly not “com­plete com­pli­ance.” Only com­plete com­pli­ance with the order will be enough to keep this mom out of jail.


“Not only does Melissa Diegel have to cope with the harm to her chil­dren she must also cope with a Supe­rior Court Judge who has threat­ened her with jail for speak­ing out about her chil­dren and for asso­ci­at­ing with other par­ents and fam­i­lies vic­tim­ized by the same cor­rupt sys­tem. The judge (a woman) has DEMANDEDthat Melissa HAND OVER the NAMES, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBERS andEMAILS of ALL HER FRIENDS and FAMILY and ANYONE she has com­mu­ni­cated with regard­ing her chil­dren OR go to jail on Mon­day the 18th of May, 2015!”

Source: A Miracle for Two Sisters Facebook page.

A sup­porter writes on the Face­book page:

On Mon­day, May 18th at 2:00 pm Melissa Diegel will be appear­ing in the Durango cour­t­house for con­tempt charges. The judge has instructed her that if she is not in com­plete com­pli­ance with the order that she will be incarcerated.

We sup­port Melissa’s first amend­ment right to free speech and to hold her in con­tempt for that very rea­son is unconstitutional.

If you live in Ari­zona we urge you to attend this hear­ing to stand in sup­port of the prin­ci­ples she believes in and the rights she and every Amer­i­can are enti­tled to.

A great num­ber of par­ents around the coun­try have faced uncon­sti­tu­tional gag orders, which would pre­vent them from speak­ing out about what is hap­pen­ing to their chil­dren, and pos­si­bly expose cor­rupt actions by social work­ers, lawyers, and judges. Many par­ents have been coerced into silence, but increas­ingly, par­ents are speak­ing out and telling their side of the story, expos­ing their tales of injus­tice to the media and the pub­lic. How­ever, the order by Judge McNally appears to be unprecedented.

Does an Ari­zona court have a right to your name, address, phone num­ber, and email, if you com­mu­ni­cated with Melissa Diegel? If you are one of the many par­ents going through a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion, and you reached out to Mrs. Diegel as an under­stand­ing ear, are you will­ing for her to give all of your con­tact infor­ma­tion to a judge? Will this order have a chill­ing effect on the public’s Con­sti­tu­tional Free­dom of Speech?

If the judge can order such a list to be turned over, what are the impli­ca­tions for pri­vacy? Has the judge crossed a line? Advo­cates for the Diegel fam­ily believe that it has.

Do we as a soci­ety want to have judges wear­ing jack boots under their black robes act­ing like third world total­i­tar­ian dic­ta­tors? Melissa Diegle’s case is more like a Stal­in­ist purge than a US judi­cial pro­ceed­ing. She has yet to receive a trial… the Judge refuses to acknowl­edge the motions Melissa has pre­sented to her… strange that the cut off date to hear these motions or the case is closed falls on Mon­day the 18.. Please join the Court Watch of this case Mon­day, May 18th at 2:00 PM at the Court­room of Judge McNally to wit­ness this mis­car­riage of jus­tice and per­se­cu­tion of this Amer­i­can woman and her children.”

—Malinda Sher­win

Sup­port­ers are invit­ing every­one who can to show up at the cour­t­house at 3131 West Durango, Phoenix, Ari­zona, at 2 p.m. Moun­tain Time Mon­day, May 18, to be a wit­ness to the pro­ceed­ings in the court hear­ing. (“Court Watch­ers Needed” event infor­ma­tion here.)

Source: A Miracle for Two Sisters Facebook page.

Melissa Diegel has issued the fol­low­ing state­ment on the event page:

It is impor­tant to express that I do not feel that I am above the law, but rather I expect that the Ari­zona courts should uphold the Con­sti­tu­tion. I have been denied a jury trial. I have been denied a trial within 90 days. I have been denied the right to see my daugh­ters and I have been denied the right to prove my inno­cence in the court of law as “I have been accused” and stripped of my pre­cious daughters.

I do not under­stand the Ari­zona sys­tem. Exactly what rules they going by? Are they fol­low­ing their own judi­cial pol­icy or the statues?

Please stand together now fam­i­lies of Ari­zona. There is power in num­bers. Rights will con­tinue to be stripped if we do not stand up and say enough is enough!

I hope to see you on Mon­day You can make a dif­fer­ence. ….Just like Mar­tin Luther King changed a nation we can too and it starts now and con­tin­ues even after I get arrested.

Judge Colleen McNally.

Judge Colleen McNally can be reached here, at 602–506-5961.

See Also:

Ari­zona Mother of Two Girls Med­ically Kid­napped Breaks Gag Order and Speaks Out


2 Responses to “Arizona Mother Facing Jail Time for Speaking out Against Medical Kidnapping”

  1. Gordon says:

    You Make Me Smile by Kayla Diegel

    Hang in there honey, our thoughts are with you and your family.

    As for Colleen McNally! Go after the real criminals – Your employers and your government.

  2. It is a perants right to stand up for the best interest of their children.
    Why has the child protective services have the right to take away a childs and perants human rights.

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