I don't want to put my daughter or my family through the strenuous testing of what child services put you through. I have never hurt my daughter but her father recently went mad while she was there and put marks on my daughters arms and back from trying to take her away from her step mother who was trying to protect her from him. Her step mother has two other children from another marriage who were present and the children, my daughter included tried to flee their house to a neighbors house. When they came back he had called the police and told them his current wife had kidnapped his daughter. The police ended up taking him to his mothers house.
Yes, you definitely can. However, I guess my question is why don't you want to get Social Services involved? The police might have already called Social Services, as they are mandatory reporters.
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Mr. Leroi is absolutely right. Social services will most liklely become involved once a protective order is sought. Let me say this . . . you only have one child in this world who depends on you for protection. The disruption in her life will be for the greater good of protecting her, will it not?
When you seek the PO, the court will be curious as to why law enforcement was not notified. I can promise you that if I was the judge, I would wonder that -- and I'll be my colleague Mr. Leroi (a former judge) would wonder that as well. This man seems to be bad news and there are ample resources available to protect your daughter.
Ona completely different note, I presume there is a domestic case out there that ended your relationship with this man. Have you considered filing paperwork in the domestic court to strip this man of his right to unsupervised parenting time in light of what happened? if not, talk to your domestic attorney about that. if you didn't have a domestic (family law) attorney and need some help, I would be honored to chat with you. See my firm's website below.
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Mr. Leroi and Mr. Deasy have given you excellent advice. Social services can be a big help to you in protecting your daughter. Be aware that if her teacher sees the marks and asks her about them, the teacher, principal, nurse, doctor, etc. are all mandated reporters- they must call the child abuse hotline if they suspect abuse. Unless you have something to hide, your job is to welcome them into the case and cooperate with them. They will help you protect your daughter. Please call one of us who answered this question if you would like to consult about your rights and how to best proceed.
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