Can I get into trouble for taking children out of a dangerous situation if I’m not a family member?

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Can I get into trouble for taking children out of a dangerous situation if I’m not a family member?

My daughter has 2 friends who live in a home where drugs are used. Tonight they called me to come and pick them up from their house where there biological father was trying to punch one of his children in the face. Their mother is also on drugs and told them if they were to leave she would report them as runaways. She also said since they left she is going to report me for kidnapping. Is there anything I can do to help these kids? Can I get in trouble for taking them out of

a dangerous situation?

Asked on March 8, 2019 under Criminal Law, Georgia

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

It is advisable to contact Child Protective Services to have the kids removed from their unfit parents.
You won't get into trouble for taking the kids out of the house because your defense is necessity, which means that you are preventing a greater harm (child abuse) if the kids are left in the house.


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