My ex-wife took my 6 year old son to witness a dog be euthanized (he witnessed the injections and dog actually die) in November 2015. He recently came home with graphic story depicting the experience and clear indications that he is still traumatized. I recently found a court case where a woman was found guilty of Child endangerment for allowing a 10 year old girl to watch a dog be injected (but the girl did not see the dog die) for euthanization. Here is the article: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/woman_convicted_of_child_endangerment_for_letting_girl_watch_dog_euthanasia/
A few facts:
I have proof that my 6 year old son witnessed both the injections and actual death of the dog.
I was not included in the decision that was independently made by his mother
. I was only 2 miles away at the time this occurred, and would have been available to watch our son while she had the dog euthanized.
My son continues to be traumatized by this event. I have found a therapist to help him get through this emotionally.
His mother responded with: this is just part of life, it's normal.
We have a GAL who was also quite upset that this occurred, but is not sure how to handle it. She said she gave my ex-wife a strong warning, but it was not issued formally. I don't have any account of this "warning"
Since we have joint legal custody, she is required to allow me 50% decision making over all welfare based issues and also religious issues with our son. I am vehemently against euthanasia under any circumstances.
There are several other legitimate parenting problems with my ex-wife as well (Living with a violent man who has threatened me and my family and is permanently barred via court order from ever being in the presence of my son). This man is there on days when my son is not, and recently private investigator (legal and admissable GPS tracking) discovered that he was physically at her house several times (for only a few minutes at a time) while my son was also there.
Because of the case precedence and also the continued trauma as a result of my ex-wifes decision, can this be argued in court as child endangerment?
Should my GAL have at a minimum, issued a written warning that is published to both parties and/or the court, so there is a published record?
My GAL is meeting me in person next week and has asked what course of action I would like her to take. Is it reasonable for me to ask for expanded parenting time until the endangerment issue and my ex-wife's live-in boyfriend situations are investigated?