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If she gives someone else guardianship over the child, then that person could go pick up the child for her.
Since she did not actually abandon the child but had the child taken from her, he would have to have her consent to give the child up for adoption.
She can still mail into the courts a petition for temporary custody and explain to the courts that he took the baby from her and is threatening to put the child up for adoption. She should file this immediately so as to prevent him from even trying to put the child up for adoption. She can file this in the court where her baby is now living. Since the father is threatening her, she really needs to get an attorney to deal with this so that a guardian can go get the child.
If her parental rights are in jeopardy, yes, she can go to legal aid and get an attorney to help her. There are abandonment laws but they require INTENT to abandon. Since her baby was taken from her she did not intend to abandon thus an adoption could not be granted without her consent. Regardless, she needs to fiel something with the courts immediately. Tell her to go to legal aid. The problem, though, is that all documents will need to be filed in Mississippi where her child still is as that state would still have jurisdiction.
There are legal aid attorneys in Mississippi though and she can talk to them about getting help with this. Here is a website to help her find legal help:
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She still needs to file a petition with the court immediately. If custody was never taken from her, she could file a petition for habeas corpus to have the child returned. Regardless, she needs to notify the court in the county where the child is that she DOESN'T wish to place the child for adoption, that the father is threatening that, and that she wants her child back.
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