When determining child custody rights, the court’s main focus is establishing what parental arrangements will be in the best interests of the child. Jefferson County courts take child negligence claims seriously and work toward ensuring that children are not placed in the homes of parents who cannot adequately provide for them. Currently, police are investigating the mother of a three year old boy to determine if she falls under that category or is fit to regain custody.
According to reports, the mother is fearful that the state might take away her young son after an incident occurred for which she was not even responsible. She claims that she left her child in the care of a friend before heading off to work. Sometime in the very early morning the child was found outside alone.
The mother stated that she didn’t even know about the incident until her family contacted her to let her know. Previously, the police got involved as well as the media in an attempt to find out who the child belonged to.
As the police try to piece together how something like this occurred, the child remains in the custody of the state. The woman may have to seek the assistance of a knowledgeable family law attorney and endure the process of proving to the courts that she should not be responsible for the inattentive actions of the caregiver. It may also be in the best interests of the woman if she proactively hires an attorney to ensure that she is aware of all of her rights.
Source: WSB-TV 2, “Mom fears state may keep toddler found wandering outside,” Oct. 12, 2013