My daughter is being locked out by her grandmother.

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    My daughter is being locked out by her grandmother.

    My exwife and I share custody of our 10yo daughter. My ex lives with her parents. Whenever she is not home, the maternal grandmother locks our daughter out of the house. Last night, the grandmother picked up our daughter by the arm and threw her out the door and then locking it. The police were called and the grandmother said that our daughter was lying. Shortly after the police left, the grandmother berated our daughter for getting the police involved and told her to get out of her house, then again locked our daughter out. This time instead of calling the police who wouldn't help, my daughter decided to walk alone in the dark on a major road with no lights or sidewalk about 6 miles to my house. My ex found her just down the road from my house and asked me to take her for the night (during her regular visitation time). My daughter doesn't want to not see her mother, but she is not comfortable living with the grandmother. My ex has made it clear she has no intentions of moving out of her parents house ever, even though she has several other options. My daughter has clearly stated that she is worried about her grandmother and that the woman needs some sort of counseling. What can I do to help my daughter to ensure her safety and well being? The police and the child protective services have been involved several times but have found nothing wrong with what is going on and are not helpful.


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    You need to have an emergency court hearing and request full custody of your daughter based on change of circumstances. You can have your daughter testify as to the events that occurred (although it would be better if you had some proof). Based on the best interests of the child, the judge should grant you full custody. I recommend contacting a local family law attorney to help you with the matter.
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    If this is a regular problem, you need to gather some proof to show police and the court. Is there a neighbor she can go to when this occurs, who will stand aside and bear witness when this happens? I would call CPS each time this occurs also, to see if they can send a person out who can bear witness to grandma refusing to let her in during the cold winter.


 

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