First of all, there is no child so parental rights are not yet relevant. Next, the putative father will have rights when the child is born. The mother should hire counsel immediately so that everything will be ready to go when the child is born.
NOTE: No private person can seek or be granted termination of parental rights. Only your state's child protective agency or the DA can ask. If there is an adoption, parental rights can be terminated if there is sufficient proof of abiuse or neglect, or if the biological father agrees. Be prepared to have this man in the child's live for a long time if he files the necessary papers.
Before rights can be terminated, they need to be established. Your relative should consult with a family law attorney who can help establish the paternity of the father and also help secure an enforceable support order.
There is very little likelihood that this person would obtain custody, given his criminal and psychological background. However, simply because the person makes your relative uncomfortable, you may not be able to prevent parent/child contact. If the father's parental rights and responsibilities are terminated, your relative will probably lose the ability to gain support from the father.
I suggest that your relative speak with an attorney before the child is born.
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