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A child custody case in Michigan is at the center of the national debate over parental rights and immunizations for young kids.

Shakeithia Roberts holds her son, Jermaine Roberts , as pediatrician Amanda Porro M.D. administers a measles vaccination during a visit to the Miami Children's Hospital on May 16, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that cases of measles in the first four months of this year are the most any year since 1996, as they warned clinicians, parents and others to watch for the potentially deadly virus. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Amy and Brian Kenny are the parents of four children, ages 10 and under. Not one of the young Kennys has been vaccinated.

USA Today reports the couple has not exactly been the ideal parents. According to court records, their 10-year-old daughter had drugs in her system at birth. Additionally, both Amy and Brian have spent time in jail. Eight years ago, they both were arrested when police stopped their car and discovered drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

Workers from child protective services are attempting to get Amy and Brian's parental rights terminated.

A court-appointed attorney representing the three young girls and one boy will be back in Judge Lisa Kangton's court on February 11, arguing the state can force the children to be vaccinated.

Brian Kenny's attorney says his client decided against vaccinating the children after he researched the topic.

How do you feel about government or courts ordering children to be vaccinated against measles? We invite you to take our Blaze poll and add your comments below.



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