Anna - posted on 01/25/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )
I am an aunt ( sister of father) of a 6 years old boy who is being sexually molested by his maternal grandfather ( and the mother was aware of it) and physically and mentally abused by his mother. The mother has strong history of drug addiction.The signs have been there since the time he was 2 1/2 year old but in the wildest of my imagination, I could never even think of it. It was only when the child said it very clearly, we could relate those signs to what was happening.
The boy mentioned it to me and we reported it to CPS and after my nephew was sent back to his mother's house. He was interviewed by CPS and the child said he lied. I am very sure that he was threatened to secure his silence by his mom and grandfather and the child said he lied about it.
The court case was closed as the mother manipulated the whole thing to look like a custody case. The father doesn't want mother to get into trouble so he is not pursuing it strongly. Also the father gave a constant update to the mother on what was happening on this side - the child telling us what he has to go through at his mother's house not with the intent of harming the child but probably questioning the mother and this added to the failure of the case because the mother used the same information against the father and threatened the child not to mention that ever again.
Please advise if I tell this to the legal authorities will the father be penalized although he was not involved in any kind of abuse happening to the child. Secondly, I do not want the little boy to be sent to foster home under any circumstances.
I am really concerned about the saftey of the child. I don't know what to do.
I am worried about the child. The child is at high risk of physical and emotional harm. Please advise what do I do to protect the little boy. Nobody will listen to me because I am not a mother or father of the child.