Thank you for your follow-up.
I am happy to hear that you are not disappointed with my answer, just with the substance of it. Believe me I wish it were otherwise, but the police and the DA have limited autonomy in figuring out what criminals
to pursue and what charges to prosecute.
You are able to withdraw the report--just be aware that if you do, should you file again, the next report may not be taken as seriously.
No, the father is not committing child abuse by not reporting, if he is truly unaware or unsure of what took place--since he was not there he can choose to not report it.
What will happen to the boy?
Hmm, depending on the offense the courts
may elect to charge and prosecute him as an adult. They may prescribe juvenile
detention, psychiatric review, and medical assistance. Since he is a minor, if he keeps himself out of trouble and shows improvement, once he turns 18 his record will be sealed and he will be treated as someone who was never in trouble with the law.
You can ask as many questions as you wish, but if you see an answer that you find useful and informative (even if you may not be happy with the information), I ask that you press the green "accept" button. That is the only way I get credit for my work and for assisting you.
Dimitry Alexander Kaplun, Esq.
Edited by Dimitry Alexander Kaplun on 5/2/2010 at 9:11 AM EST