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Child custody hearing ends in grandmother forcibly taking child

One of the most contentious disagreements may involve deciding who will have primary care of a child after a relationship between parents comes to an end. However, the majority of child custody disputes will not end in children being taken at gunpoint. Though many California parents likely have experienced difficulties in establishing custody arrangements, they do not result to illegal measures.

According to police in another state, as a father was leaving a custody hearing with his infant son, a vehicle pulled up along the side of the street. He was then allegedly approached by the grandmother, mother and aunt of his child. As they moved closer, the grandmother reportedly displayed a small, pink handgun. As she pointed the firearm at the man, the two other women forcibly removed the child from his arms. They then returned to the vehicle and drove away.

The father summoned law enforcement immediately, and a notice was broadcast concerning the description of the vehicle and its occupants. Shortly thereafter, officials pulled the car over. At that time, only the 26-week-old child and the grandmother were inside. The woman was recognized due to previous interactions with the police, and the vehicle was searched while another relative was called to retrieve the child. A small gun fitting the description was allegedly found inside the car.

The grandmother is facing several charges, including simple assault and making terroristic threats. She remains in police custody. There was no information regarding whether the mother or other relative will also face criminal charges. While this is an extreme example of a dangerous child custody dispute, there may be some California parents who are struggling to determine which parenting agreement will best serve their child's needs. In these situations, the information provided by a compassionate family law professional may prove to be an invaluable resource.

Source:, "Police: Pistol-packing grandma snatches child at custody court", Sarah Scinto, Oct. 21, 2017

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