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Child custody matter turns into criminal charges against mother

Custody battles are among the most heated types of court cases, in Colorado and across the nation. When a parent is faced with losing his or her child, emotion often overrules reason. Unfortunately, there is a danger of making rash decisions during this challenging time, and further worsening one's child custody matter. An example is found in a mother who is now facing serious criminal charges after she picked up her daughter in violation of a custody order.

The mother had been in court earlier in the day, fighting for her child custody rights. She was unsuccessful, and when she walked out of the courtroom, she did not have legal rights to her 4-year-old daughter. However, she went to the girl's bus stop and took her daughter with her, refusing to allow the individual who was there to pick her up to leave with the child.

This prompted a call to police, and an Amber Alert was issued after the claim was investigated. The woman and her little girl were located at the home of a family friend, and the mother was taken into custody. She now faces criminal charges, including custodial interference, criminal contempt, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful imprisonment.

As this case illustrates, it is easy to make an emotional decision that can have lasting negative ramifications. Had this mother simply worked within the legal system, she may have been able to have her child returned to her care. However, by choosing to forcefully take the little girl in opposition to a court order, she has made her child custody matter far worse than it was when she left the courthouse. Parents in Colorado are cautioned against making a similar mistake.

Source:, "Amber Alert Called Off: Missing 4-Year-Old Found, Mother in Custody", Mike Arena, March 10, 2017

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