My ex husband is a cop and puts our 4 year old daughter in front seat of patrol car

Michelle - posted on 06/05/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )




My daughter just turned 4 years old last month and her father which I am divorced from always puts our daughter in the front seat. He is a police officer and even puts her in front seat of his patrol car every time he picks her up from me. He has been putting her in front seat since she was an infant and every time I complained he ignored me. He thinks he above me and I have even made formal complaints against him to the police station but they are covering and protecting him and I'm sick of it. My daughter informed me her daddy made a traffic stop while she was in the car with him and she innocently told me she took her seatbelt off and got out of the patrol car because she just wanted to give her daddy a hug and kiss. I was speechless and outraged and confronted my ex husband but again he ignored me. I went yesterday to file another formal complaint and have been informed that this time it will be investigated and not sweeper under the rug...... I also have numerous pictures Of him putting her in front seat of patrol car and his personal cars. Oh And by the way my ex husband has sued me for full custody and so we now in custody battle.


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Chet - posted on 06/10/2014




Is it illegal to put children in the front seat of a car where you live? The laws vary a great deal from one area to the next, but if you're in the US, only a handful of states specifically require children to be in the rear of the vehicle. Sometimes too, there are laws regarding "occasional transport" where people are exempted from the regular child restraint laws.

Typically it takes the law a long time to catch up with what is recommended in terms of child restraints in vehicles. And parents often ignore recommendations. The APA says recommends no TV before the age of 2 years, and lots of parents let their babies and toddlers watch TV.

Anyway, definitely look up the laws governing child restraints in your area and confirm that there isn't an "occasional transport" exemption.

Michelle - posted on 06/07/2014




All I can suggest is get yourself a good lawyer and tell them what is going on so it can be brought up in court.

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