My question involves child abuse or neglect in the State of: Pennsylvania
I received a letter in the mail this weekend. In short, it said there had been a report of suspected physical child abuse concerning (my 3yr old son) in which I was named as the alleged perpertrator.
I have custody of my son Fri, Sat, Sun, and Mon with the rest of his time spent 30 miles north with his mother in another city. I have not brought him to see a doctor and I don't have him in a day care facility. I can't imagine where a legitimate complaint would come from, so I suspect his mother may have filed the complaint. She's always finding new ways to cause trouble.
I never hit him and have no criminal history. I thought it would be a good idea to videotape him to show he has no injuries. In the process I asked him if he had any "boo boos" and he said yes and that "mommy did it". I asked him a few more times throughout the day and he keeps repeating "mommy did it" and shows me his bruises. He's 3 so it takes a little bit of coaxing but the response is always the same.
When I think of child abuse I tend to think of Hollywood. Minor cuts, scrapes and bruises are part of growing up and I never gave them a second thought. Now that I'm asking him about his cuts and bruises the response is always "mommy did it". Are the child protective services people going to take what he's saying in this video seriously? I'm sure they'll get the same result if they question him.
I'd love to have custody of my son an maybe her little harassment game backfired on her. Is any of this worth anything to me?