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Child custody battle turns bitter, endangers child

When adults in Pennsylvania or other states battle over the custody of a child, it can quickly turn bitter. Some people are not beyond using extreme methods to discredit whomever else seeks child custody, even if the child's best interests are at stake. One family is waging a brutal war over the custody of a five-year-old boy.

The child was taken from his mother a year ago after school officials found welts on the boy's back. His grandmother was given temporary custody while the mother submitted to counseling, parenting classes and an anger management program. While the boy was still in his grandmother's custody, school officials found 30 packets of heroin in his lunchbox. He was examined at the hospital and released to his grandmother's custody when police determined that the child's father placed the heroin in the lunchbox.

The child's mother questioned why authorities sent him back to the grandmother after finding drugs in his possession. She and the grandmother have been fighting a bitter custody dispute since the mother's arrest. Although the child endangerment charges against her have been dropped, the court has not granted her petition for custody of the boy.

When the child's teacher recently found crack cocaine in his folder, the grandmother became suspicious that the mother was setting her up. The grandmother told the press that she had seen the child's blue folder in his backpack, but the drugs were found in an aqua folder. She insists that she does not know who put the drugs in the child's belongings, and she wants that person to be held responsible for placing her grandson in danger.

Courts in Pennsylvania and across the country make diligent efforts to protect the well-being of children and preserve family unity whenever possible. Families who are struggling with child custody issues do well to follow the advice of an experienced attorney. Taking actions outside the law may lead to serious consequences for themselves and their children.

Source: trentonian.com, "Kid, 5, who brought heroin to Trenton school, now caught with crack", Isaac Avilucea, Oct. 26, 2016

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