My question involves child abuse or neglect in the State of: California
In California, what is the process of a child's protection if her dad reports her mom's violent act to the police? The mom claims that she has bipolar but she never took any medicine for it.
One thing we did know was that she recently rushed out of her kitchen swinging a knife threatening to kill her husband, while their child witnessed the whole thing and got really frightened of it. To our knowledge, this woman had physically charged at her husband in many prior incidences. The husband said he fought back once (meaning pushed her back).
Even though this woman later said that she was only 'joking' about the knife thing. We think that the husband should report her to the police because we worried that she might get worse and eventually hurt others including their child.
The husband was worried that if he reports her to the police then his child will be taken away from him since he failed to take the child away from an unstable mother. Is this true? We don't think so. I think the police should take the mother away first and put the father under question... But, we really need to find out exactly what would happen if he does call so we may tell him that it is ok to report her.
We felt sorry for this weak man even though we suspected the woman is crazy... but we had no proof that the woman is physically harming her child yet. (Maybe mentally, but that is hard to prove, right?)
Let's say that the worst case is: The police takes the child away... then will the police contact his relatives (his brothers and sisters) to take care of that child? Or, the child will be taken care by a random foster home?
Thanks... we had advise this man to seek for domestic violenct hotline help... but we think that it is so embarrassing for this man to tell that his wife hit him... I think it is probably a battered man syndrome... thanks for your reply..