When a child is unlawfully removed from the custody of the court-appointed custodian, it may cause extreme anguish for the parent or guardian. Removing a child without the consent of the custodial parent or another person who has child custody may be regarded as custodial interference. In Texas, such actions could have severe consequences for a person, making himself or herself guilty of kidnapping or abduction of a minor.
A grandmother in another state is anxious to learn of the whereabouts of her 2-year-old granddaughter who was allegedly kidnapped by the child's father. The child's mother died in October, and the father had child custody. However, the court recently removed the child from his custody, and the grandmother was appointed as guardian. She says that, although she understands the father's wish to have the little girl with him for the holidays, she is concerned about her well-being.
Police believe the father to be in the vicinity of Pittsburgh. There is a warrant out for his arrest, and he will be charged with child custody interference and kidnapping of a child. In addition, he will face a charge of concealing the location of a minor. The grandmother is reportedly concerned over what the father will do, knowing that he is sought by the police, but she says that she does not believe he would harm the child.
Texas parents who are concerned that a non-custodial parent may interfere with child custody may want to be proactive and gain information about legal protection that is available. An experienced child custody attorney will provide the necessary information and assistance. A protection order may provide a level of security and keep children safe over the holidays.
Source: CBS Pittsburgh, "Grandmother Of Kidnapped Girl Pleads For Her Safe Return", Amy Wadas, Dec. 24, 2014