If these are credible threats of harm against the mother, then the mother can seek a protective order against the father to prohibit the father from coming near her or the child. If the father has established or acknowledged paternity
, then he does have parental rights
he could exercise through the courts. If you get the gurardianship papers issued through the court, then you could make the child a dependent of you. You would however need consent of the father to get court ordered guardianship if he has acknowledged paternity or at least would need to send him notice of the petition being filed for guardianship and he would have an opportunity to contest it.
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