Complicated facts confronted Sgt. where putative “father” left with six-month-old child, his biological status as father uncertain. He told mother (after dropping off another minor at Burger King, where mom worked) that she would not see this child again unless [a specified condition was met]. “Father” is not on birth certificate, there is no paternity test, and mother states there is 50-50% chance he is real father. These facts resulted in legally complex set of law enforcement options; and to further complicate the analysis, child and “suspect” were located in another jurisdiction, with two separate agencies failing to reach agreement on “what to do.” Smith Rodgers quickly formulated a workable strategy. [Liability for client agency avoided.]

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