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The best and fastest way to get something done is to contact child services and report the abusive and neglectful behavior of the mother and ask it to investigate the situation.
If child services finds evidence of abuse and neglect, it will take action to place the child with you -- as the grandparent -- to keep the child safe. Once you have custody via a court order, you can ask the local family law court to make the arrangement permanent by finding that the mother is unfit to have custody of the child.
But, if you can get child services on your side, they can be a big advocate for you to get permanent custody of the child.
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