The concept of shared parenting was apparently lost on an Arizona woman and her parents — leaving an infant’s father to wonder for four months if his son was okay.
Eventually, the mother and child were tracked down in Ramona, California. The father — who has now been given sole custody by the courts rather than the shared custody originally intended — has finally been reunited with his son.
The child’s mother, however, is now in jail on charges of custodial interference and conspiracy.
Her mother and father, who apparently supported her decision to take off with the child rather than share custody, have also been jailed for both conspiracy charges and making false or misleading statements to the police. They were apprehended just as they were getting ready to board an airplane in what police believe was an attempt to evade arrest.
During the time their daughter and grandson were missing, the child’s grandparents allegedly actively tried to mislead investigators. They suggested that their daughter’s ex-husband or his relatives may have caused their daughter and grandson’s disappearance — even suggesting that the mother and baby had been forcibly dragged off their property.
It didn’t take long for investigators to figure out that the father had nothing to do with the situation. Friends of the mother told police she had dyed her hair, dressed her infant son as a girl, researched online sources about disappearing, taken a considerable sum of money from her parents and told people she was going on a vacation.
Police believe that the sole motivation for the mother’s and grandparents’ actions is that they didn’t like the idea of the child’s father getting shared custody.
Actions like this during child custody cases are just about the most foolish thing a parent can do. This act of parental kidnapping may not only send the mother and her parents to jail, it will also likely prevent any of them from having unsupervised contact with the child until he is at least much older.
If you’re unhappy with the visitation rights or custody orders you have, talk to an attorney about how to handle the situation. Otherwise, you could make your situation drastically worse in the long run.
Source: CBS News, “Missing mom, baby found amid alleged custody interference plot,” Oct. 04, 2017