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Please let me know what state your friend is in. Also, was she married to the father when the child was born? Is his name on the birth certificate?
I see. Your friend needs to file an emergency petition for custody of her child with the court. She should seek assistance from legal aid if she cannot afford an attorney. There are also women's resource centers in some areas the can provide limited legal assistance or referrals.
The state bar association can refer her to family law attorneys in her area. This form should help her get started. The clerk of the local family court may accept it. She should contact the clerk of the court then ask for the duty judge to sign an order tomorrow granting her temporary custody. http://courts.phila.gov/pdf/forms/domestic-relations/prose-emergency-custody.pdf
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