Child taken after Bradenton mother charged with neglect

Sometimes a parent loses child custody because they are unable to properly care for that child. This may be due to an addiction, lack of income or an unstable environment. However, if a parent is able to make changes in their life, they can usually win back child custody and visitation rights from a court and resume their parenting responsibilities. In order to do this, the parent may need a lot of help and support from various sources.

A 23-year-old Bradenton mother was arrested after a test showed that she had marijuana in her system; Child Protective Services took custody of her 3-year-old child. The mother came to the attention of the agency after the special-needs child was found in the street alone. Apparently the child managed to get outside through an unlocked door.

When officers arrived, they reported that the mother appeared lethargic, had blood-shot eyes, and that there was a strong smell of marijuana. The mother has been charged with child neglect and it is unknown whether the child will be kept in custody or placed with another relative.

The agency will need to decide what is in the best interests of the child before making any permanent decisions. The mother will likely have to adhere to a strict program if she wants the custody of her child returned to her. If she works with the agency and commits to attending treatment for her alleged marijuana use, she could eventually be reunited with her child. Parents facing a custody dispute may want to consider employing the skills of an attorney to help them.

Source: WWSB, "Mom charged after special needs child reported wandering in street," March 12, 2013

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