Seemingly false domestic violence accusations play role in custody

A father who had unfounded domestic violence allegations held against him will finally be reunited with his 4-year-old daughter. This decision also comes after the man’s 2-year-old son went missing back in November under the care of his estranged wife.

It appears that the man will regain custody of his 4-year-old daughter this week. For now, the year-old domestic violence order that was filed by his estranged wife just needs to be addressed. The domestic abuse claims that led to that order have also gone unfounded. The order was put in place during a bitter child custody battle between the father and his estranged wife.

Aside from the allegations, the fact also remains that the father’s 2-year-old son went missing while the mother was supposed to be watching him. Going by police claims, it seems that the woman’s story about the events that led up to the boy’s disappearance also have some alarming holes.

The mother claims that on Nov. 6 she was taking the 2-year-old to the hospital as he was sick. However, she ran out of gas, and decided to leave the boy sleeping in the back of the unlocked car while she and the daughter walked to a gas station. Upon returning to the car, the toddler was gone.

However, police have since reported that at the time there was nothing mechanically wrong with the car, and that it had plenty of gas. This has many wondering what really happened?

An assistant attorney general, who is representing the Department of Social and Health Services, said that it appears the wrong parent was granted custody. He also added that the mother has “very profound mental-health issues.”

Once custody is turned back over to the father, the mother will also only be allowed supervised visitation with her daughter. These visitations could end up being terminated if a child therapist decides that the mother could do more harm than good.

Source: The Seattle Times, “Sky’s father to regain custody of daughter,” Sara Jean Green,” Dec. 5, 2011

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