CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A desperate father is running out of options. He says he’s reached out to child protective services, law enforcement and the court system after finding out his daughter’s mother has chosen to live with two sex offenders.
KXAN looked into the legality of this situation to find out what can and can’t be done.
Inside his Cedar Park home, Sam Yacoub explains his mission to save his seven-year-old daughter. “I need something to happen to ensure my daughter’s safety,” he said.
Yacoub is locked in a battle with the mother of his child, and he says she’s gone too far with his daughter’s livelihood.
“I found out on my own that those sex offenders were living at the home of my daughter,” he said.
Yacoub says the mother has married a “child molester” and she now lives with both him and another registered sex offender. Both have either served time or have been on probation for inappropriate behavior with children, one as young as four years old.
Two years ago, it became Texas law that if you are in a custody battle and you choose to live with a sex offender, you must notify the court and the other parent involved. Yacoub says that didn’t happen.
Child protective services couldn’t comment on Yacoub’s specific case, but the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office says it has received two complaints about this home.
“The detectives feel that something could possibly happen to my daughter if it hasn’t happened already,” Yacoub said.
Family attorney Jimmy Evans said while people might have a knee-jerk reaction to hearing this kind of news, it’s not so simple. “The situation can depend on the history, the background, the kinds of charges.”
The court system will have to look at a number of conditions including when the crimes occurred, the circumstances of the offenses and the legitimacy of the potential threats.
“You have to look at the situation and understand if there are real, true safety issues,” Evans said.
But in the end, the child’s safety comes first. Evans encourages anyone that may face a similar situation or is concerned for the well-being of their child to fight for them in court.
“If you think your kids are in danger because they are living with sex offenders, go to the courts and get some relief. You can move much faster than CPS could,” Evans said.
“Do not leave any child in harm’s way or in danger because this is not right for any child to have to go through,” Yacoub said.
CPS investigators go through a thorough process whenever there are reports a child may be facing abuse.
Investigators will talk to any witnesses to possible abuse, family members and friends.They also speak with doctors who treated a child’s injuries.
With a court order or parent’s consent, an investigator may also take the child to a doctor to get checked out.
A CPS worker could come to the home without any notice, and take pictures and collect evidence. They may take criminal and CPS history, the child’s school history and any medical records.
Based on the findings, the investigator can determine if there has been abuse, rule it out, is unable to complete the investigation or unable to determine if abuse happened.