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

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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Maury Devereau Beaulier

Maury Devereau Beaulier

Criminal Defense Attorney - Minneapolis, MN
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.

Such matters are never simple. You should consult with experienced legal counsel.

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Matthew Thomas Majeski

Matthew Thomas Majeski

Divorce / Separation Lawyer - Woodbury, MN
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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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