The Buncombe County Department of Social Services is legally prohibited to discuss individual cases with either the public or the media. As a result, many key questions in the Baldwin case remain unanswered. They include:
Dr. Teresita Nelson, a child neurologist in Charlotte who'd also evaluated Ryan, was asked if she disagreed with the Baldwins' strategies in dealing with his illness. "I don't pass judgment, especially on a first visit, for what a family does to try and keep their children healthy," she said. "The way I look at it is, I may have the medical degree, but they have 16 years of experience with Ryan."