Child-custody battles aren’t always easy, and many parents struggle to keep their children safe. Sometimes, the other parent is a threat, but without evidence, it’s hard to take steps to prevent that person’s actions.
Take, for example, this story about a 31-year-old mother who fled from California to Pennsylvania after she had an unsupervised visitation session. According to the news report from Nov. 23, she took her 2-year-old child to Chuck E. Cheese. That was against court orders because she was not allowed to be with the child while unsupervised.
After discovering that the woman did not come home from her job, the father of the child called the Costa Mesa Police Department for help. They believed she may be headed to Pittsburgh with the child because they knew she had an outstanding warrant in Allegheny County.
The woman was found in Carrick, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh. She and the child were at home when the authorities arrived. They took the 2-year-old child and placed the child with Allegheny County Children Youth and Families. The mother was taken into custody.
Situations like this can be hard to prevent because people who want to flee with children will try to find a way to do so. However, it’s possible to have a court order for supervised visitation with a facility or individual you trust. That way, you can feel more secure about the safety of your child when you can’t be there. Parental kidnapping is a serious threat to children, so it is important to talk to the court or your attorney if you feel your child is at risk.