9th Circuit rules against Idaho parents' appeal in child's case

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled against a couple who had sued doctors and Boise police after their daughter was given a spinal tap against their wishes.

According to Monday's 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision, the case stemmed from emergency-room judgments, made under pressure, about which people might differ.

Former Boise residents Eric and Corissa Mueller claimed their rights were violated when their daughter was removed from their custody and administered a spinal tap by doctors who feared she might have meningitis.

A 2007 jury ruled against the couple.

The federal panel upheld that verdict, writing society has seen fit to qualify parental rights to protect a child's life.

Boise city officials said on Monday they were pleased the court re-affirmed that officers acted appropriately.

The girl wasn't harmed.