Al. Lab Owner Arrested for Falsifying Drug Tests in Child Custody and CPS Cases

Ben Keller

The owner of an Alabama lab collection company has been arrested for altering drug test screenings and paternity tests.

The Owner of A & J Lab Collections 36-year-old Brandy Murrah has been arrested and charged with two counts of forgery after two women lost custody of their children to the CPS foster system after falsified drug tests showed they had methamphetamine in their system.

Police say they believe Murrah profited somehow from falsifying the reports, but have not yet revealed specifics.

"Both of these ladies went to independent drug testing facilities and medical clinics and got more drug testing done and all of it was negative," Adam Jones, the attorney representing the women told. WTVY on Thursday.

While the two women may have been vindicated for the results of their drug tests, they still do not have custody of their kids who were placed in the foster care system.

Prosecutors say more charges are expected against the owner as investigators scramble to determine exactly how many people lost custody of their children.

Authorities fear this is just the tip of the iceberg and expect to find a 'tidal wave' of botched CPS foster care cases, where children were taken from their parents and placed in custody of the state.

Murray secured a contract with the Department of Human Resources Dependency court to perform paternity and drug tests on individuals involved in child custody cases or dependency (CPS) court — even though she was arrested in 2013 and found guilty of five counts of credit card fraud.

She was still somehow placed in charge of handling sensitive screenings that determined the futures of children and families.

"We have no idea at this time how many people did not get their children back because of Ms. Murrah's alleged fraudulent reports," Dale County Attorney Kirke Adams told the Dothan Eagle.

"In my opinion, all cases affected by Murrah's alleged actions must be redone in order to be fair."

An investigation into Murrah began on May 2 after someone's drug screening tested positive, which had a signature on the test results.

When the victim called the physician who supposedly signed the paper work, the doctor did not recall signing any drug test for A & J Lab Collections or Murrah.

Now, law enforcement and court officials are sifting through hundreds of tests that Murrah's company performed each month to determine just how many were falsified.

"We expect a lot," Adams said.

"I anticipate the tidal wave is just building as far as ramifications."

Murrah is free from jail on a $2,000 bond.

Read the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the first two victims below.

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Brandonbuford
Brandonbuford

Saint Francis in kansas was in charge of the child services they have recently been removed from that position because of things like this charges of trafficking kids and more. The dcf will alter wording in court to keep you under the line of what they exspect from you for a year minimum so they can receive. The $150,000.00 per child that is in the children in need of care program that alone is why 93% of familys that are in this program that should not be. The other 7% actually needed there services. Its all for finacial gain its sad a system that should be trusted would rip familys apart as my children and I were. Ive always got coments on how good of a dad i was for 15 years then out of the blue our lives were altered. The level of depression ive acquired because of it i couldnt begin to even explain. I feel for any descent parents that have to go through this and pray for them every night....

Joshua6868
Joshua6868

I lost my son 3 weeks ago bc they trying to say I had meth in my system and I ain't done no drugs.

Starfly52
Starfly52

I started my life in Buffalo NY. When I started to remember more as a child of 3or4 when I was shockingly placed into foster care. Not for the same reasons. This statement is regarding how the child feels. I was energetic and precocious. Foster mother says you will call me mommy. I said your not my mommy. FM replied you will call me mother and hated me. Young children can feel the loss and pain being torn away from family love. My mom said it was hard getting us back. My brothers were placed elsewhere after the orphanage. It changed me into a quiet, scared child. I got home, I didn't like strangers and remained fearful with healing taking many years. Sorry about mini novel but wanted ppl to see how horrendous it is for the children. I didn't say all that happened to me as it would be too long. Love and prayers to all parents their children suffering because of the fraudulent abuse of power. 🙏🙏🙏

Isthereanyjustice
Isthereanyjustice

There has to be someone behind her falsely the test

RachelK87
RachelK87

Wow this all sounds so familiar. I live in Allegany county NY. Cps took all my kiddos. Ive been fighting for 3 yrs to get my kiddos back. Ive done back to back drug testing always deemed not fit for services. They put children in a report that werent even born during the investigation that started.. They make their own rules and due things how they wanna do them instead of how tbey should be done. There are kids that are screaming for help around here n they turn their heads n go destroy families that are happy n the kiddos are well taken care of. Ive done everything n every class to get my kiddos back n they are still dragging their feet n trying to come up with actual reasons as to why they took my kiddos

Kellie09
Kellie09

I had my son taken for 2 months and the drug test keep coming back positive for Weed even though my drug test for probation was coming back clean

Clara27
Clara27

Hello my name's Clara and I've had this same woman while my daughter was in the hospital in the NICU room for two mouths and while I was there she took a drug screen and mine shown up positive, and I knew I didn't fail it and I knew who she was the moment I saw this post is there anyway to help me gain my child back and show them I never once have done what the screen was showing positive please reply.

cbstraighteight
cbstraighteight

Funny. This sounds familiar somehow.

in 2014, my wife's only daughter was stolen from Methodist Hospital in DM, IA, at just 9 days old. We were called drug addicts, and the courts ordered we endure treatment for doing no drugs. We not only had our first drug test results fabricated, I actually caught the tester fabricating the 2nd test RED-HANDED. When I submitted the evidence of this, I was called an "Extra Father" (I was the legal father. The bio father now has custody of our daughter. He was nothing more than a sperm donor, who dumped my wife by the side of the road after he got what he wanted.) and was thrown out of the case. The court stated I had no rights to my legal child. They then terminated the rights they said I didn't have. 2 months later, they ruled that our child had been taken wrongfully by CPS...and we're still fighting to get her back almost 7 years later.

Believe it or no, this sort of thing happens to innocent people all over this country...and more so, in every 1st world country all over the globe. The news won't or cannot report it, and the Government turns a blind eye to it. There is no remedy available to you through the courts, all the way through the state or federal courts...and no one believes anything you say.

Incntmom
Incntmom

How about an update? Or did they just turn her loose & hope we would forget?

Toothbrush Bandit
Toothbrush Bandit

Idk why, but the Karen haircut makes sense


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