Thursday, August 29, 2013

Houston Mom Makes Several Bad Decisions


There was a news story out of Houston yesterday sharing the multiple poor decisions made by a mother that have left her behind bars at the Harris County jail and facing some serious charges.

Jennifer Michelle Claus walked into a Randalls grocery store on Wednesday and proceeded to place around sixty dollars' worth of merchandise into her purse. Her illegal efforts were noted by the nearby loss prevention officer, who quickly took her to the back of the store and called authorities. Ms. Claus soon let law enforcement know that she had not made the shopping trip alone. She had left her two young children sitting in the car out in the parking lot, with the engine running.

It has not been disclosed exactly what Ms. Claus was trying to steal from the store. Perhaps she was desperate to feed the two kids who were waiting for her. And, that is assuming the best of intentions. No matter the intended goal, though, Claus' decision to shoplift was a poor one only magnified by her other decision to leave her children in a car on a summer day with keys in the ignition.

For her choices, Ms. Claus now faces a misdemeanor charge of theft under $1,500 and a felony charge of endangering a child.

You hope that every child's mom is his greatest protector and the one who shields him from the potential for harm that inevitably is found in our world. However, the sad reality is that sometimes mothers, fathers and other family members fall short of these responsibilities and instead become the ones from whom the kids need protection.

If your children are being exposed to an unsafe environment, be it due to the other parent or an ex-boyfriend or just fighting between the adults in their lives, the family law attorneys at Bertolino LLP can help you reach and enforce a safe resolution. Please contact our office in Austin, Houston or San Antonio and let us know what is happening in your family. We'll work with you to find answers.

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