Incredible coincidences cost Florida mom custody

The more cynical Florida residents may assume that when the state takes custody of a child away from the child's parents, it is well deserved. Certainly there are some stories about parents who abuse or neglect their children, or who live in deplorable conditions that genuinely endanger the child's health, and there is reason to be skeptical about such people's parenting abilities. However, to assume that the state department always gets it right is a gross overestimation of how diverse circumstances can be.

Recently in Florida, a case of sexual assault led to a woman losing custody of her 3-year-old daughter. According to reports, the woman left the child alone in a play area while searching for movies at the library, and upon her return, she saw a teenager molesting the child. Understandably concerned, the woman took her daughter to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, and upon medical examination, doctors noticed three fractured ribs, which may or may not have actually ever been fractured.

This development caused the state Department of Children and Families to get involved in the case, and the woman was questioned about whether or not she was the child's mother or her guardian, to which the woman replied that she was both. This answer, along with other circumstances, caused DCF to investigate further and find that a young girl of similar age and skin tone was reported missing back in 2011, the mother of the missing child found dead.

Under suspicion that the woman was not, in fact, the child's mother, and had instead murdered the child's mother and kidnapped the child, DCF took custody of the little girl. They held the girl from May until September, at which point they finally returned the child to her mother.

This incident simply involved an incredibly unfortunate string of coincidences and misunderstandings, which resulted in significant trauma for a mother and her little girl. It is for incidents such as these that legal aid with child custody can be so incredibly important. If you have lost custody of your child due to interference from the government, it is imperative that you enlist the aid of an attorney and take action to regain custody as soon as possible.

Source: Florida Today, "Why did Florida DCF take Brevard mom's child," John A. Torres, Nov. 6, 2015

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