Sacramento baby taken by CPS undergoes surgery

May 17, 2013 2:53:42 PM PDT
A Sacramento County baby who made national headlines when he was taken by Child Protective Services is back at home. Baby Sammy arrived home in his mother's arms Thursday after undergoing heart surgery last week.

Three weeks ago, police officers barged into the family's home on the orders of Child Protective Services and took Sammy into protective custody all because his parents had taken Sammy from Sutter Memorial Hospital without a proper discharge. They wanted a second opinion.

It's been an emotional ride. "I don't have the words to say it. I'm being the happiest mom right now, being at home with my baby in my arms, feeling kind of safe," Anna Nkolayev said.

Sammy was born with two holes in his heart. Doctors at Stanford closed those holes during his heart surgery.

Although Sammy is home, CPS still isn't out of the picture. The family had to go to court to get him back. Under an agreement, social workers will still regularly check on him.