A Forest Acres couple is suing the state for what they say was unnecessary sexual assignment surgery on a toddler they adopted.
Lawyers for Pam and Mark Crawford said Tuesday they are suing the state Department of Social Services for having irreversible surgery performed on a 16-month-old child who was born with male and female genitalia. Doctors decided to remove the male organs.
Mark Crawford argued Tuesday that the surgery should have waited until the child, nicknamed "M.C.," was old enough to decide. He said the now 8-year-old "M.C." identifies himself as a boy.
Anne Tamar Mattis of the group Advocates for Informed Choice said the evidence shows the surgery was not medically necessary.
The lawsuit was filed in both state and federal courts on the Crawford’s' behalf by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
DSS said it does not comment on pending legal cases.