Last week, Sarah Markham was reunited with her son, and she regained the right to care for her baby without supervision by DCF. This week, upon confirmation that Sarah had visited a new pediatrician and saw a nutritionist, the criminal child neglect charges have been dismissed as well. The prosecutors took their responsibility seriously, they looked at all the information objectively, and they exercised their authority properly in dismissing the case. That is more than can be said for DCF, who misused their authority while they, in effect, held Sarah’s baby hostage for almost five months, forcing us to fight a broken system to regain custody. That was a heinous waste of valuable resources which could have been spent on a family in true need.