My question involves child abuse or neglect in the State of: Texas
My ex had custody of our two daughters, one is 19 and one just turned 18. They had contact and visits with me until he remarried and his wife decided to control every aspect of life resulting in his family in TX and me and my family in NY not having any contact for years.
The 19 year old was dropped off at her grandparents' house when she was 14 by her father and told that either they raise her or the state gets her. They, of course, took her into their home. The 18 year old moved 5 days ago to the state I and my parents live in, and is now living with my parents. I live in the middle of nowhere and they live in the city which gives her greater job/schooling opportunities. Their father sent an email to my parents out of the blue after 7 years of no contact whatsoever to see if they would take her in. As his parents did, they said yes. In one of his email communications with my parents, he states, "When 'Jill' was 16 1/2 and we had placed an alarm on her bedroom door (at the advice of both her therapist at the time and the police) and had put window locks on her windows." WHAT?! What therapist is going to advise locking your child in their room like that? What if there was a fire?
We found out from the 19 year old that they did the same with her. She had to use a wastebasket in her room for toileting purposes from 7pm until they shut the alarm off at 6am the following morning. She was not allowed to turn a light or the TV on in her room during those hours, also. All of this came within the last month.
My question is this: can the girls contact child services and have their father and stepmother charged with abuse/neglect even though they are over the age of majority now? Had any of the family on either side known back then what we know now, we would have reported them ourselves. Thank you.