this realy happened and is a serious Q.?

YOU....... BE the JUDGE !

If you were a judge in a custody matter,....

1)))) - What would you "tell a father" that knowingly subjected his own 4 YEAR OLD son to his Grampa for care of his son when the father of the child KNEW the Grampa had HAPPATITIS A, and the child ended up getting it ?

2)))) - Would you rule that this man should have sole custody or even primary care in joint custody.?

14 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    No. He should be jailed for child endangerment and assault on a child.

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  • 1 decade ago


    There are two unanswered points that have a bearing on any judgment:

    1. Why was the child placed in the care of the grandfather?

    2. Who would be the other party for consideration in deciding either sole, or joint custody?

    The father does not appear to have intentionally caused the child to become infected. Perhaps he did not know all the details of Hepatitis being contagious, etc. Although this does not display good judgment on his part, I would rule that for the good and welfare of the child, both parents should enjoy joint custody privilege, that is unless there are underlying circumstances that were not revealed.

    Good question,

    Darryl S.

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  • 1 decade ago

    First off you should be asking under law.

    Hepatitis A is very common, not usually fatal and in fact usually there is full recovery with immunity. Hep B is more serious but also much less contagious. Hep C is the most dangerous but also the least contagious.

    If the father had hep A there is a good chance for his son to have had it as well, and even the grandson.

    Here is a brief article from the Mayo Clinic that will explain it all;

    What I would rule on care or custody would depend upon a lot of other factors than this.

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  • Snark
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Well, first of all I think you might want to ask this in the law category.

    But, as Hep A is transmitted through contact with fecal matter or by contact with objects that have been contaminated with the person's fecal matter, it would have been quite easy for the grandfather to have protected his grandson by cleaning the bathroom and washing his hands throroughly.

    There are also short term vaccines for the virus, which could have been administered.

    I don't know all the circumstances, but it seems to me that the father could easily have thought his son would be fine with an adult that would naturally be thought to have clean hands and a clean bathroom free of feces contamination.

    It's also entirely possible that the father simply didn't realize the risk that was posed to his son, or that he didn't understand what the disease was or how it spread.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Knowledge of Hepatitis A and understanding that it is highly contagious are two different issues. Besides, hepatitis A, while not totally benign, leads most often to full recovery and few lingering effects. (This is not true of Hepatitis B or C.)

    You are presenting one issue in a complex custody issue. I doubt that you were the father. I work with families involved in custody problems, and there is almost never a single deciding factor.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I would not rule against him.

    How did he know the son would get Hepatitis A from the grandfather?

    This disease is not passed around in the air. If proper hygiene was adhered to, mainly handwashing and food preparation then it would limit the chance of spreaading it.

    It's almost like saying, the grandfather had a cold, now he's passed it on to the grandson. That in itself does not make the father a bad parent.

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  • Tony
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    it depends. i would have to hear the whole case. does the mom have aids, herpes, hep c, is an intravenous drug user, worships satan, is rarelly home because she is selling her body on the street. then i would give custody to the father for sure and risk hep a.

    it depends.

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  • dooder
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    You asked this twice on here. I already answered the other time and agree with the first answer completely and still hold to my original answer given on the other question.

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  • 1 decade ago

    you just asked this question 10 minutes ago!!! If you want a diversity of answers repost this later on. You've now asked this question THREE times, no answer good enough for you yet?

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Following is pasted from Webmd. I highly doubt the father intended for the child to get this, and i dont think he should have his parental rights taken away.If the child is best with the father, then so be it. If not then the mother should have sole custody. Do your research before jumping to conclusions next yourself the stress.

    Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A usually causes temporary liver inflammation, and most people recover without any long-term liver problems.

    Other viruses, most commonly hepatitis B and hepatitis C, also cause hepatitis. Hepatitis A is the most common type of viral hepatitis.

    Hepatitis A is caused by a virus (hepatitis A virus, or HAV) that multiplies in liver cells and is shed in stool.

    How HAV is spread

    Hepatitis A virus is found in the stool (feces) of a person who has hepatitis A. The virus is spread most commonly when people put food or objects contaminated with stool containing HAV into their mouths.

    Large numbers of people get the virus after drinking contaminated water because, in many parts of the world, drinking water is contaminated with raw sewage. The virus also may be spread by eating uncooked food (such as raw shellfish) and unpeeled fruits and vegetables washed in contaminated water. Hepatitis A outbreaks caused by contaminated drinking water are rare in the United States because water supplies are treated to destroy the virus and other harmful organisms.

    In the United States, HAV is spread mainly among people who have close contact with someone who has the virus. You can become infected with HAV if you:

    Eat food prepared by someone who does not wash his or her hands well after using the bathroom or changing a diaper.

    Don't wash your hands after changing a diaper.

    Eat raw or undercooked shellfish that was harvested from waters contaminated with raw sewage.

    Are a man and have sex with other men.


    Symptoms usually appear 15 to 50 days (2 to 7 weeks) after you have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus (HAV). The average time is 30 days. Symptoms usually are mild and may not be noticed in children younger than 6 years of age. In older children and adults, early symptoms are often similar to those of a stomach virus. Possible symptoms include:

    Extreme tiredness (fatigue).


    Sore muscles.


    Pain on the right side of the abdomen, under the rib cage (where the liver is located).


    Loss of appetite and weight loss.

    Yellowing of the skin and the white part of the eyes (jaundice), sometimes accompanied by dark urine and clay-colored (whitish) stools. Jaundice is less common in children and younger adults.

    Approximately 14% of people infected with HAV may develop a rash after the incubation period but before symptoms appear. In rare cases—usually in recurrent HAV or cholestatic hepatitis—swollen blood vessels may cause red, raised skin lesions in the legs and buttocks.

    In general, by the time symptoms appear, the amount of virus being shed in your stools is declining. You still may spread the virus, but you are less likely to do so after symptoms appear.

    Symptoms of hepatitis A usually last less than 2 months.

    Once it enters your body, the hepatitis A virus (HAV) incubates for 2 to 7 weeks (average incubation period is about 4 weeks).

    Your stools (feces) and body fluids contain the highest levels of the virus 2 weeks before symptoms (if there are any) start. This is the time when you are most contagious. However, you still may pass the virus to another person until all of your symptoms have gone away.

    From 5 to 10 days after you become infected with HAV, your body usually starts to make HAV antibodies.

    Between 3 and 6 months after you become infected with the virus, antibodies develop that will give you lifelong protection (immunity) against HAV infection. The antibodies can always be detected in your blood, indicating that you were once infected with the hepatitis A virus.

    Hepatitis A goes away on its own in almost all cases. No medications are used to treat the illness. Home treatment will usually help relieve your symptoms and help you prevent the spread of hepatitis A virus (HAV).

    Slow down

    Reduce your activity level to match your energy level. Do not stay in bed; it may slow recovery. Don't go to work or school unless your workload can be decreased to match your energy level. Avoid strenuous exercise, until you are fully recovered. As you start to feel better, go back to your regular activities gradually. If you try to meet your regular pace too soon, you may get sick again.

    Eat right

    Even though food may not appeal to you, it is important for you to get adequate nutrition. Try eating small, frequent meals instead of three large meals. For most people, nausea and loss of appetite don't set in until later in the day. Try eating more in the morning and less later in the day.

    Doctors used to recommend a high-calorie, protein-rich diet to people who have hepatitis. This is no longer believed to be of any benefit, and such foods can be hard to eat when you feel nauseated. Try to maintain a balanced diet while eating foods that appeal to you.

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