In Australia, any dad with a pulse pretty much gets child custody rights/visitation on demand. This is the result. You have a violent substance-abusing father like UNNAMED DAD, who gets "his rights" to a preschooler without any consideration for the safety of others. When Mom arrives to pick up their son from visitation, Daddy assaults her in some kind of drug-induced rage and smashes her windshield. Armed with a shotgun, Daddy then takes off with the 3-year-old.
How does the media react? They nervously reassures us that this wastrel didn't make any (direct) threats against the child.
So? Are you people idiots? What kind of assurance is that?
Luckily, the child is found three hours later and is apparently "unharmed" (this time). Physically, I suppose they mean. In terms of psychological impact, you tell me how a 3-year-old would react to seeing his Mommy being beaten up, and Daddy taking off with him in some kind of scary rage while brandishing a shotgun.
So how has this been handled by the authorities? CLASSIC DADDY CODDLING.
Daddy's arrested and charged with lots of stuff. But he's in jail for ONLY ONE NIGHT before being let out on bail. That's sure saying a lot about how much you value the safety of mothers and children, isn't it? It's basically saying you don't.
But they wagged their finger at Daddy and told him not to bother Mom anymore! (Big deal). And they sternly informed him he wasn't to drink or drug anymore, and that they were going to do (random) tests just so Daddy knows they really mean business! (Even bigger freaking deal.)
But notice what we DON'T SEE in this article, which is that Daddy's visitation has been revoked. Nor is there any mention of taking Daddy's guns away. Even though we know these orders are basically unenforceable, it doesn't appear that the authorities even bothered to go through the motions.
So it appears that Mom and the child will continue to be put in harm's way so this criminal can continue to exercise his "rights" as a father.
This tells you everything you need to know about the triumph of fathers rights in the west. And the elimination of everyone else's.
Armed dad flees with son
Lacey Burley | 1st February 2012
A BROOKSTEAD father has been banned from drinking alcohol and taking drugs after he armed himself with a shotgun and drove off with his three-year-old son.
The incident on Monday night sparked a statewide child abduction alert and huge response from police including multiple general duty crews, detectives and the police dog squad.
The three-year-old boy had been visiting his father, 28, at his residence when the child's mother arrived to take the boy home.
An argument broke out between the pair and the offender assaulted the woman.
Police said he also smashed the windscreen of the woman's car.
He was armed with a pump-action shotgun and drove off from the property with his son about 6.30pm.
He did not make any threats against the boy's safety.
Police searched the area for the man's white 2010 Toyota LandCruiser.
Police issued a statewide child abduction alert at 8.15pm and requested media broadcast the vehicle description and registration every 15 minutes.
Officers located the man and child hiding back at his house three hours later.
The boy was unharmed.
Officers also discovered cannabis and a drug utensil inside the man's home.
He was arrested and charged with common assault, wilful damage, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a dangerous drug and utensil, and breach of a domestic violence order.
He was held in custody overnight and appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday.
Defence solicitor Brad Skuse applied for bail on behalf of the man.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist granted the man bail with strict conditions including having no contact with the complainant woman or her father.
He must also subject himself to random alcohol and drug testing by police.