Child Endangerment Laws in IOWA? What is considered and what can be done??

A couple and 3 kids driving down the HWY going 65 and the passanger tried multiple times to jump out of the car. The driver than places the passanger in a choke hold. The driver shortly after pulls the car over on the HWY and gets the kids out and starts walking. The children have mentioned sometimes not eating supper and having to wait till morning to eat when with the non costodial parent. Also, the kids don't have seperate beds when they are there. The couple fights around kids all the time. Kids are told not to tell custodial parent otherwise they get yelled at and punished. What can be done? Is this child endangerment and neglect? DHS was contacted and they are going to make a house check but said that it was all minimum things. I don't know what the laws are. Any advice? The custodial parent!

Update:

So, unless one of my kids get hurt over one of thier fights, it's not serious? :( That is sad I am trying to protect my kids so nobody gets hurt! I have never used the kids in any way. The kids talked to DHS and told DHS what happened, infact told them more (like the kids didn't tell me that they got out of the car and walked down the HWY but they told DHS). So beings the non costodial parent is 5 hours away ( I moved to get away from his continuing emotional abuse after the divorce), and the kids are 5,7 and 9 (there is no home phone there) what are my options to help my kids? They told DHS that they were scared and new what thier dad was doing is dangerous. The other person (thier dads girlfriend) has a 2 year old herself, he has to see alot more than my kids, beings he is there fulltime and my kids are only there every other weekend. :( It seems crazy that you have to wait till one of the kids are hurt before it is seen that it is only a matter of time. :( Thank you all.

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  • Jeni
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    1 decade ago
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    Working in the child protection field for 5+ years. This is a common thing I see.

    It is going to be hard to get anyone really to take you completely serious until one of a few things happen.

    1. A child is injured during the fights

    2. Children report to someone while in the care of the other parent

    3. Or law enforcement is contact for the domestic, which this person not only will be charged but may (if app in your state) charged as a felony since in the presence of a minor.

    Fighting does not make a bad parent, though I agree with you that there is more going on then the typical argument.

    The children need to be open and report, weather it's to the teachers, counselors or even DFS.

    You can have the children write a journal while with this other parent. But you need to be careful about "using" the children. That can/will be just as damaging.

    Good Luck!

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    5 years ago

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    A couple and 3 kids driving down the HWY going 65 and the passanger tried multiple times to jump out of the car. The driver than places the passanger in a choke hold. The driver shortly after pulls the car over on the HWY and gets the kids out and starts walking. The children have mentioned...

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  • 1 decade ago

    Generally, these are not sufficiently dangerous activities on an ongoing basis to fall under most states' child endangement laws.

    It may be grounds to revist the custody arrangement, and get the court to change visitation rights. But that is a separate civil (family court) matter.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Call the police.

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