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Each parent has an equal right to custody of the child. The court will have to determine what custody arrangement is in the best interest of the child. She can not get the police to force the father to turn the child over to her but if she picks the child up from daycare or school she does not have to return him to the father. It is best to contact legal aid asap and get a temporary order that forces the father to return the child to her pending a final custody order.