(CNN)After a SWAT team broke open a door to take an unvaccinated 2-year-old boy with a fever to the hospital, an Arizona lawmaker is calling for a review of police and child protective services procedures.
Police raided a home to take an unvaccinated child to the hospital. A lawmaker wants to make sure that doesn't happen again
"I want to sit down with stakeholders about this," said state Rep. Kelly Townsend. "That was excessive. It's a scary thing."
The incident took place last month when a couple would not take their sick child to the hospital and they refused to let police check the child's welfare after a doctor reported them, according to the Chandler Police Department.
An Arizona law allows officials to take custody of a child for his or her safety and gives police the ability to "use reasonable force to enter any building" to do so.
Townsend, who helped craft legislation requiring officials to obtain a warrant before removing a child from a home, is questioning whether police used excessive force.
"This case is frightening," she said. "If you make the parental decision to wait 'til the morning to get medical care, you risk losing your child."
The boy's parents, Sarah Beck and Brooks Bryce, have each been charged with a count of child abuse, the Chandler Police Department said Thursday.
Beck's attorney, Nicholas Boca, said the incident was unnecessary and was traumatic for the children and the parents.
"This type of force should be reserved for violent criminals, not a house filled with young sleeping children," he said.
He also described his client as a loving and attentive mother who has always cared for her children "appropriately."
"Mother (Beck) has a fundamental, constitutionally protected right to the care, custody, and management of her children," Boca said. "These rights do not evaporate simply because the Department of Child Safety believes they know better.
CNN has attempted to reach Bryce.
Beck took the toddler to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine on February 25. The boy was suffering several symptoms, including a high fever, according to police documents.
A doctor who treated him encouraged Beck to take her son to a nearby children's hospital for further testing and treatment, as the boy could have a life-threatening illness.
The doctor said Beck was hesitant because the child was not vaccinated and she feared the emergency room employees would report her to the Arizona Department of Child Safety, a police report said.
It's unclear why the child was not vaccinated.