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Infant taken from mother during child custody dispute

Sadly, one mother in another state experienced many mothers' worst nightmare. Her newborn child was taken from her arms without warning, and she is now in a child custody dispute with her own mother. New Jersey families with similar custody issues may be interested in the details of her circumstances.

The 28-year-old mother was still recovering from delivery when a few officers entered her hospital room and took her baby. The officers who removed her baby were local county police and were accompanied by Native American tribal police. The mother is of Native American descent, and the baby's grandmother had secured a custody order in tribal court of the newborn and the mother's two older children. The county police believed they were assisting the execution of a federal court order but later discovered they were not. The mother has accused the grandmother of falsely accusing the newborn's father of abusing her other two children.

A recent emergency closed-door hearing in the tribal court resulted in an order for the newborn to be returned to the mother. The mother must ensure some safety measures for the child's return, but her older children will remain with the grandmother until further notice. An investigation into the incident is in process.

Many families experience child custody disputes and some are more complicated than others. New Jersey residents who are anticipating or find themselves in the middle of a difficult custody case may find hope in dealing with an experienced family law attorney. Attorneys remain an asset to clients throughout the years for any questions or concerns that may arise.

Source: ABC News, "Judge orders baby returned to mother in custody dispute involving state and Native American tribe", Bill Hutchinson, March 22, 2018

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