I have concerns about my step sons safety and well being. He is five and has asthma. He has had many attacks while in her care. The mothers house is filthy. You can smell the filth from the drive way and it gags me to take him inside. When I pick the child up I can hardly touch him till I get him home and get his nasty cloths off and give him a bath. It normally takes and hour to scrub him clean and clip his very long and dirty nails. More than once he has come to me with filth matted in his hair. The house smells of human urine, rotting food, and mold. The carpets are matted with food and filth. The mother smells of mold and human urine. The child's bedroom smells like cat urine and more times than I can count, has had rotting food somewhere in the room. The child is ignored by the mother who spends most of her time in her room. My step son is allowed to run wild in the house to do as he pleases. Including play with the stove on a few occasions. I have had people come to me and tell me about seeing my son being left several feet behind in parking lots at the store, ignored by his mom. Is this child neglect? Can we have him removed from the home? What steps do I need to take?
File a custody action or report this woman to DSS. Best of luck!
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My colleague is precisely correct! While I disagree about filing a complaint with DSS (this will only tie up a chapter 50 custody action for at least 90 days), you should hire an attorney and file for custody. Good luck!
Here is the speech: you have children involved. They are important, or should be. Get an attorney. If you cannot afford one try legal aid, the local law school, local organizations that assist with children's issues, or the bar association.
File for custody of the child or call DSS. At the very least, you can call your local police and ask that a welfare check be done while he is in her care. If the state of the house is that bad or the police suspect abuse/neglect, they can step in and report to DSS.
Best of Luck.
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