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One bad decision can affect child custody

108541576_S.jpgThe summer of 2019 has brought particularly brutal heat waves to much of the nation. Parents need to use extra caution to ensure that their children do not suffer harm in such extreme temperatures. Recently, a Missouri mother learned the hard way that one bad decision can affect child custody

Sometimes, it may be tempting for a parent to leave a child in the car while he or she runs into the store or completes another quick errand. This can lead to serious legal consequences for a parent and undue stress and suffering for a child. Police responded to a call at a local truck stop and found a toddler in distress. 

It seems that the child's mother left the small toddler in a hot car for an undermined period of time. The child was reportedly drenched in sweat and understandably upset. Authorities removed the child from the vehicle and immediately sought medical attention. The mother is now facing criminal charges for her irresponsible decision, and the child was taken to the state's Children's Division. 

When a parent or family member becomes concerned that a child is on danger, it may be appropriate to take action to protect the child. An experienced Missouri attorney can help a client establish, modify or enforce a child custody order. Once an order has been made by a court, it is legally binding, and the only way to change the order is to utilize the legal process. This safety net helps ensure that children are safe and well cared for. 

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