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A defendant can waive their appearance at an arraignment, but it may not have been an arraignment hearing. If the charges were dismissed by the judge, it means the prosecutor (the DA's office) either agreed to dismiss them or the judge felt like there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute even though the prosecutor thought otherwise. Sometimes, it can take a day or two for someone to be released from jail after the charges have been dropped. Please just let me know if you have any more questions. If not, please don't forget to click on the green accept button in the answer box so that I can receive credit for helping you. It is the only way I can receive compensation for my time and it will charge you nothing further to press accept. Thanks so much.
Thank you for the additional information. A person would have no obligation to return a child to a home where the custodial parent is in jail. What's more, a court can order a change in custody based on an arrest--there does not have to be any conviction. Further, I simply do not have enough information to comment on what has happened with the criminal charges of these two people. You can always call the clerk of court at the criminal division and ask where they are in the process and what has been done so far. I don't know where you got the information about the judge dismissing the charges, but it should have NOTHING to do with whether each person did or did not want to press charges against each other.
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