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Grandparents accused of stealing child not guilty

Here's an interesting case of grandparents' rights that nearly went wrong; according to the news, a 50-year-old grandfather and 45-year-old grandmother were watching their grandchild when the mother claimed they had kidnapped her and were taking her back to her biological father. According to the story, the two have now had the charges against them dismissed, and they had claimed that they had taken the child in due to drug-related situations.

The news report from Dec. 31 states that the police were called on the grandparents in March, 2013. They allegedly had refused to return their granddaughter to their daughter, and they reported that the child was actually going into protective custody, not being kidnapped. What seems to have happened was that the grandparents had been working with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to help return the child to her biological father in Texas; The child was reportedly perfectly safe with him.

Fortunately, the situation was one where the grandparents' rights to protect the child were more important, and the child stealing-kidnapping charges were dropped by a judge in December. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services also allegedly stepped in to clarify the situation.

As a grandparent, you have a right to protect your grandchildren. In this case, drugs might have been the reason behind working with child services, and in your situation it may be something else. Whatever the reason, if you are worried about your grandchild after a divorce, you may want to speak with an attorney about the rights you have to see and participate in your grandchild's life.

Source: NewsPress, "Prosecutors dismiss kidnapping charges against grandparents" No author given, Dec. 31, 2013

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