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Emergency situation leads to change in child custody

24666753_S.jpgMillions of Americans now struggle with drug addiction, and Missouri is no exception. Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous drugs around, as users often get hooked fast and hard, and many feel unable to quit using even if they want to. While drug addiction is usually thought of as an adult problem, the epidemic effects children as well, and a drug problem in the home can lead to a change in child custody

Recently, Missouri authorities discovered three children living in dangerous conditions. One of the children was found to be severely malnourished, relying on a feeding tube that was not being properly utilized. The child had been hospitalized a few months ago but was doing well enough to return home. Sadly, the neglected child lost over 20 pounds in the weeks spent at home and was near death when authorities discovered the situation. 

The child was taken for emergency medical care and tested positive for methamphetamine. The child's mother claimed to have no idea how this could happen, though she tested positive for the drug herself. These dangers, in addition to dirty living conditions, neglect, and the presence of a man violating his probation by being present in the home, promoted authorities to take custody of all three children. It is unknown if another friend or relative will be able to take custody of these children, as they are currently in the custody of the state. 

When it becomes clear that a biological parents cannot care for children present in the home, a concerned party may want to take action. A person wanting to establish, modify or enforce a child custody order might want to contact an attorney. An attorney can help a client present evidence in court to explain why a change in custody may be appropriate and, in some cases, life-saving.

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