As a parent, your number one priority is protecting the health and well-being of your child. Unfortunately, situations involving child abuse and neglect impact numerous families in our area. If you suspect your child’s other parent is acting in an abusive manner towards them, it may be necessary to take firm legal actions. This includes seeking sole child custody and a protective order through South Carolina family court proceedings.
Aiken, SC Child Abuse Allegations
According to a February 27, 2019 news report in the Aiken Standard, a 24-year-old Warrenville man was recently arrested by police after allegedly abusing his two-year-old infant. The incident happened after Spencer Allen Beylotte of Les Drive and his wife took their baby to a local hospital, where the child was diagnosed with apparent head trauma. The couple claimed the injury occurred as a result of the baby falling off the couch five weeks prior and that they had come to the hospital several times since. The child had been released to the parents on these prior incidents, but on this visit hospital officials called police.
The Aiken Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene and conducted interviews with the parents and hospital staff. Medical providers claimed the baby had bruises and other signs of child abuse and that the head injury was more likely to be caused by shaking than due to a fall. Beylotte was arrested and charged with child neglect. He was released later that day on $10,000 bond.
What to Do if You Suspect Abuse
The Child Welfare League of America reports that in South Carolina alone close to 35,000 cases of child abuse are reported each year. These involve acts of physical violence, emotional abuse, sexual violence, and neglect. Regardless of whether you are married, living together, separated, or divorced, if you have children and suspect the other parent may be abusive, you need to get help right away.
Your first steps are likely to be:
Reporting any incidents to local law enforcement
Seeking medical care for your child
Getting yourself to a safe place
As an experienced South Carolina family law attorney, we can help you take the legal actions to help ensure both you and the child are protected. These may include:
Pursuing criminal charges for domestic violence: Anytime an act of abuse is committed against a family member, including children, there are serious criminal penalties involved.
Filing an order of protection: This can limit contact and prevent the alleged abuser from appearing at your home, work, or school. If they violate the order, they may face immediate arrest.
Filing for primary custody: Allegations of abuse are taken seriously by the court. In addition to granting you primary custody, you may be entitled to child support while the other parent attends mandatory counseling sessions.
Contact Us Today for Help
At the Surasky Law Firm, LLC, we provide the trusted, professional legal representation needed to protect you and your child when there are allegations of abuse. Contact our Aiken, SC family law attorney and request a confidential consultation about your situation and how we can assist you.