When a child is "protected" by an open OFP hearing is there a penalty when the abusive parent admits them to a psych unit?

Asked over 1 year ago - Saint Paul, MN

The judge wanted to hear from the child, asked if he would be there to testify. The child was not in court that day so a Gaurdian at Litem was assigned, court was continued. That night the child was distrought because he had to stay in that house. Parent threatened to first send them away as a delinquent to ju-ve, but ended up sending them to psych. Is this intimidation of a witness? Will the hospital "protect" the child from the abusive parent?

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  1. Maury Devereau Beaulier

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    Answered . It is not intimidation of a witness. It is possibly poor parenting, but that is all. Any hospital includes people who are mandatory reporters. If any true abuse is reported or observed, it is reported to child protection services.

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  2. Matthew Thomas Majeski

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    Answered . I agree with counsel. In addition, some hospital staff are mandated reporters if there is child abuse suspected or alleged. If there was enough for a cause for concern, they should contact DHS.

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