Typically, parents will do anything to protect their children. Many divorced parents in Texas who have sole custody of their kids live in constant fear of the other parent kidnapping a child. Steps can be taken to prevent custodial interference in cases in which it is anticipated. A noncustodial father in another state was recently booked into jail on charges of parental kidnapping after removing a child without the mother’s consent.
Reportedly, a grandfather was babysitting his grandson one evening in September. The 3-year-old boy was in the sole custody of his mother, and his father had limited visitation rights. While the mother was out, the grandfather went to check who was knocking on the door. He saw the child’s father, and knowing that this was not a scheduled visit, he wanted to step outside to talk to the man.
However, the child’s father pushed him out of the way and walked into the house. He took the boy from the kitchen, walked out the door and disappeared. The grandfather made an immediate call to police, and a law enforcement broadcast went out countywide. In less than 30 minutes the man was pulled over, and the child was reunited with his mother and grandfather.
Texas parents with sole custody who fear for the safety of their children may benefit from consulting with an experienced family law attorney. A lawyer can consider the circumstances and suggest appropriate steps to protect the child. The remedy may involve a restraining or protection order, and the attorney can provide support and guidance throughout related legal proceedings.
Source: San Anselmo, CA Patch, “Marin Man Accused of Abducting 3-Year-Old Son From Grandparents’ Home“, Maggie Avants, Oct. 4, 2016