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Boy at center of child custody battle left at fire station

In Kansas City, Missouri, a 6-year-old boy in the middle of a child custody dispute was left at a fire station. His two estranged parents are in the midst of child custody litigation. Reportedly, it was the father that left the boy at the fire station.

The father and mother had been sharing visitation of the boy. The child's mother had dropped the boy off with his father on Friday evening. On Monday morning, the father wished to return the child to his mother but was unable to do that for reasons that are unclear. It is not clear if these arrangements are part of a formal child custody agreement.

After being unable to give the boy back to his mother, the father then drove the boy to a local Missouri fire station and left him there. He told the firefighters that he was unable to care for the boy. His actions are now under investigation to conclude if there were any laws broken.

It is not clear if the child was in imminent danger as a result of the father's actions. Missouri's Safe Haven Law is only applicable to children that are 1-year old or less, although there exists the possibility of using this law as affirmative defense in any criminal prosecution. One detective said that he thought the boy's father was under the impression he was doing the right thing by leaving the child with authorities.

Leaving a child in the custody of authorities is always preferable to mistreatment or abandonment. In any child custody matter, it is beneficial to have clear visitation procedures outlined and understood by all parties involved. The law gives rights to both parents, and all parties have the right to legal counsel, as well as to gather evidence to benefit their case. It remains to be seen how the father's actions will impact the ongoing child custody litigation.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Boy, 6, Left at Kansas City, Missouri Fire Station in Custody Dispute," Christine Vendel, March 30, 2013

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