When the state removes a mother’s children from her care and parental rights are severed, for whatever reason, she would likely yearn to get them back. However, sneaking them out of the house of their foster parents can have significant consequences. An amber alert was recently issued in Arizona after the disappearance of three children. When they were located, It turned out to be a case of interference with child custody.
The foster mother reportedly went to check on the sleeping children at about 12:30 a.m., and again around 5 a.m. on a recent Friday morning. However, by 9 a.m., it was revealed that the children had rigged their beds with pillows and bedding to create the impression that they were sleeping. She reported the matter to police, who issued the alert. An investigation led to police locating the abandoned car of the mother of two sisters — the third foster child was not related to them — and upon obtaining the address of the mother and boyfriend, the children were found.
Investigators determined that the mother, who had lost parental rights of the girls in 2010, had arranged with the children to sneak out when the adults were asleep. After meeting the mother, they were driven to Mesa. The foster mother was apparently particularly concerned about one of the girls who needed regular medication to control a life-threatening medical condition. The mother and the boyfriend are now facing charges of custodial interference, child abuse and endangerment, along with kidnapping.
Custodial parents in Arizona who have experienced interference with child custody by another parent may feel overwhelmed by not knowing how to protect their children. They need not face this problem alone, however, as help is available for informing them about the Arizona court procedures. Successful presentation of a custodial interference claim may have the issue resolved in no time, providing the custodial parents with peace of mind.
Contact Our Divorce Attorney Chandler AZ
If you have experienced interference with child custody by another parent, our divorce attorneys can help. Call the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C. at (480) 820-4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725 for a consultation.