My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Alabama
I am asking this question for a friend.
He has two children (ages 2 and 8mth) by his wife, who we will call Sara. Sara has been calling him screaming for the past three days, threatening to do stuff like go to the cops and say the bruises on her daughter are from him beating the child. She is living with a man who has a criminal record (3 possession of controlled substance, 2 possession of drug paraphernalia) and he strongly believes that she is using meth around the child. My father is a cop (drug task force) and I have spoken with him and he says that in the past month, they have been called out to that house multiple times. He is very worried for the safety of his children- in a span of two minutes, she went from calm, to laughing, to crying, to screaming. She has had a mental breakdown similar to this before and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He is afraid she will snap at any minute. He pays child support and has visitation. Problem is, he pays so much in child support that he can't afford a lawyer, but those children are in danger because of her mental health. What can be done? He has about 500 dollars.
EDIT: She has a history of drug abuse, by the way. When they met, he pulled her out of a crack house. I've seen the way she has been acting personally, and there is something very wrong with her.
EDIT 2: I'm sorry. I forgot to mention that every time he gets his children, their diapers are so wet that they have soaked through their clothes. The little boy (youngest) had a swollen eye with a film over it last week. The little girl was so dirty, she looked like she had been taking a mud bath. I saw this for myself. This is case of neglect as well as the mother being mentally unstable.