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New York woman arrested after taking daughter from grandmother

Custody issues involving children can be fraught with emotion. Sometimes people unwisely choose to take matters into their own hands rather than go through the courts to seek the custody they believe they deserve.

A 30-year-old Bronx woman is facing a felony charge for allegedly taking her 10-year-old daughter from the Stamford, Connecticut, apartment where she was living with her grandmother. The woman reportedly talked the girl into climbing out of the window. The incident was captured on a video surveillance camera.

After being charged with custodial interference, the woman was released on $10,000 bond. She took the child to New York City and had her for about a day and a half before she led police to the girl and was arrested.

The grandmother reported the child missing and told authorities she believed her daughter-in-law had taken her. She said she'd been told that the woman tried to take the girl earlier in the day from her school.

The grandmother, who is the mother of the woman's deceased husband (the child's father), was granted legal custody of the girl earlier this year in Connecticut. However, the mother told authorities that she believed she had custody of the child. She had papers indicating that.

That custody order, however, was superseded by the one that the grandmother had. It was not reported why the mother lost custody of her daughter or why she reportedly didn't know about the new custody order.

Obviously, this is never the way to handle a custody dispute. It can only lead to serious legal consequences. More importantly, it can be highly traumatic for a child. If you believe that a custody order is unfair, work with an experienced New York family law attorney to argue for a modification.

Source: Stamford Advocate, "Abducted girl recovered before mother arraigned in Stamford," John Nickerson, April 28, 2017

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