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Faith vs. medicine: Mom fights for right to care for newborn son

Nhandi Ashley’s religion opposes the care little Deyanta requires

In an unusual custody battle playing out in Milwaukee, a mother is fighting to direct her baby’s health care, but the state argues her religious beliefs are putting her infant at risk.

Nhandi Ashley’s son Deyanta was three months premature and has been in intensive care since his birth Sept. 8. The day after his birth, Ashley said a child protective services worker came to her hospital room and informed her that her son needed a blood transfusion.