English Mother comes to New York with her 14 month old Baby. Mother happens to be a police officer.
While in New York, Mother is alleged to have left Baby in their hotel room alone and unsupervised and also of leaving him in the hotel lobby without a custodian.
As a result, Mother was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child … and resisting arrest. And Baby was taken into child protective custody in New York.
The criminal charges against Mother were subsequently dismissed, and Mother is back in her home in England.
But Baby remains in child protective custody in New York. Mother characterizes this as kidnapping.
But the circumstances are complicated.
In Brooklyn federal court, Mother has filed a case under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction seeking Baby’s return to the UK.
At the same time, Mother is suing New York City, including its police and child welfare agencies, for hefty damages. And objecting to the character of the foster mother with whom Baby was placed.
And in New York Family Court, a case is pending over Mother’s alleged neglect of Son.
Despite all the cases, Mother’s local attorney has no clue when Baby will be returned to the UK, regardless of whether he will be placed with Mother or others.
Read more in this [UK] Daily Mirror article: Brit policewoman’s baby at centre of international child welfare battle will remain in US for time being .