A 4 year old boy’s parents were going through a divorce in California.
In family court, the mother reportedly advised that the father was abusive toward her in the presence of their son.
It is unknown whether the allegations were reported by the court to child protective services.
As is often the case in family court, the father retaliated with choice allegations against the mother as well.
Social services had been slightly involved with the family during the divorce case, but reportedly found no need for continuing involvement.
After a child custody evaluation was completed, the parents agreed to joint custody of their son.
Presumably, that was the arrangement suggested, if not mandated, by the evaluation.
Then the father confessed to drowning his boy. Now he is under arrest.
Are our family courts doing enough to protect our children? And their parents who are victims of violence and abuse?