In March of 2007, the Columbia county Department of Social Services was called to a home in Columbia County, New York where a domestic violence assault had occurred. They were called to take custody of the infant child who was at that residence. He had been present in the room when the assault occurred.
The father was arrested and charged with the offenses and sentenced to a jail term. When he was released, the court ordered that he not have any contact with his wife or the infant child.
The paternal grandparents had attempted to get permission to be in family foster parents for the child, but they were denied. When the father got out of jail, contrary to the court orders, the paternal grandparents made arrangements for the man to reunite with his wife in a hotel room. The paternal grandparents were aware that the man was abusing drugs again and that he was likely using marijuana and cocaine. With a total disregard for the seriousness of the situation, the grandparents participated in putting the man and his wife in a secluded room together.
In April of 2008, police responded to the location of the couple and arrested the father for murdering the woman. In view of the situation, the Department of Social Services initiated a proceeding to order their child permanently neglected and available for adoption. The child who was at this time approximately two years old, had been in the custody of the Department of Social Services for all but the first few months of his life.
The court ruled that the father had no grounds to appeal and the child was allowed to be placed up for adoption. The paternal grandparents were not considered appropriate placement nor was visitation considered to be in the best interests of this child because of the active involvement with complete disregard for the safety of the wife and child that they had in the circumstances of the woman’s death.
In many cases, it is difficult for a person to understand that incidents that occur within hearing of a child constitute neglect. A parent who threatens to kill the other parent is in effect neglecting the mental wellbeing of the child. Any act of outright domestic violence, hitting, slapping, pinching, verbal abuse, all constitute a criminal act. If they are done in front of a child then it constitutes neglect.
If you find yourself in a position that may be considered domestic violence or child neglect based on an incident of domestic violence, contact Steven Bilkis and Associates. At Steven Bilkis and Associates there are attorneys who are available to assist you, no matter what your case. Steven Bilkis and associates are qualified to handle any domestic violence needs.
Issues of law are constantly changing. A person who is not specifically trained in the law cannot begin to know what all of their rights are without the assistance of a professional. Here at Steven Bilkis and Associates, we provide New York Order of Protection Attorneys, New York Domestic Violence Lawyers, New York Assault Attorneys, and New York Criminal lawyers. New York Family Lawyers will stand by you and ensure that your rights are protected. New York Personal Injury Attorneys can argue your side and make sure that you and your loved ones are considered. We make sure that you are rightfully awarded compensation for your suffering.
Stephen Bilkis & Associates with its Domestic Violence Lawyers has convenient offices throughout the New York Metropolitan area including Corona, New York. Our Personal Injury Attorneys can provide you with advice to guide you through difficult situations. Without a Domestic Violence Lawyer you could lose precious compensation to help with your medical bills and the trauma to you and your loved ones following such a frightening experience. This is true even if the Attorney for the assailant has not adequately made their case. In addition to Personal Injury Law, Stephen Bilkis and Associates can recommend Criminal Lawyers who will protect your rights if you are ever arrested.