Imagine handing your child over to his or her other parent after a scheduled visitation. You would probably feel a little sad that you had to do that. You would probably start planning your next visit with your little one. Sadly, that next visit doesn't always happen when it is scheduled to occur. In the case of one Ohio father, giving his daughter to her mother after a scheduled visitation in November was the start of a horrible experience.
The 4-year-old girl was last seen on Nov. 24, 2013, when her father handed over to her mother. After that visit, police got information that the mother might have left the state with the little girl. It was reported in January that the mother and daughter were spotted in New York. On Feb. 5, 2014, a warrant for the child's mother was issued out of Miami County by the Sheriff's Office. The woman was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Las Vegas on Feb. 27 for interference with custody. The mother was working as a home health provider in Las Vegas prior to her arrest. She was being held pending extradition to Ohio. The little girl was returned to her father.
No parent should ever have to go through what that little girl's father went through. If you are going through a divorce, it is important to ensure that the child custody agreement reflects your rights as a parent. Seeking the advice of an experienced Ohio family law attorney might help you to discover ways you can protect your parental rights.
Source: Dayton Daily News, "Missing child from Troy found in Las Vegas" No author given, Mar. 03, 2014