Rock Island man battles sister in court after vaccinating 90-year-old father

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Steven Baker, the oldest of 10 siblings, drives from Rock Island to Wisconsin once a  month to visit his sick father.

Baker helps to take care of his ailing 90-year-old father, who is battling Alzheimer’s disease, but now has to fight in court if he ever wants to see his father any time soon.

“Janet is issuing a restraining order for four years against me for getting dad vaccinated,” Baker said.

Two of Baker’s sisters have power of attorney when it comes to their dad’s health.

“Janet thinks I harmed dad by getting him vaccinated,” Baker said.

Baker told Local 4 News that his decision to get his father vaccinated has ended in his sister getting a four-year restraining order against him, which he claimed will result in him not being able to have contact with his father.

According to Baker, while one sister was against giving their father the COVID-19 vaccine, his other sister, who is also power of attorney of their father’s health, gave him the go-ahead.

All of this happened just nine months after Baker experienced a devastating loss.

“My wife died of COVID. I have a very strong opinion on this and I’m not just going to sit back. Dad’s 90; if he gets COVID, he’d be a goner,” Baker said.

Local 4 reached out to an area legal expert to get a better understanding of the next steps in situations such as these.

Quad-City family law attorney H.J. Dane of H.J. Dane Law Office said it is important to only have one person as power of attorney when a family member becomes ill.

“If there are two people and they can’t make a decision then the court has to determine whether it should intervene and decide which of the two people should have that authority,” Dane said. 

We called Bakers’ sister Janet to get her side of the story but, we did not answer.

Baker, on the other hand, told us he will do whatever he has to just to see his father again.

“I do this because dad needs someone who really cares,” Baker said.

Steven Baker told Local 4 News he plans to get the COVID-19 booster shot for his dad when it’s available if he wins the case.

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