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§ 3-814. Children taken into custody

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCourts and Judicial Proceedings

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Courts and Judicial Proceedings
Title 3. Courts of General Jurisdiction--Jurisdiction/Special Causes of Action (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 8. Juvenile Causes--Children in Need of Assistance (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Courts and Judicial Proceedings, § 3-814
§ 3-814. Children taken into custody
Methods of taking children into custody
(a) A child may be taken into custody under this subtitle by any of the following methods:
(1) In accordance with an order of the court;
(2) In accordance with § 5-709 of the Family Law Article; or
(3) By a law enforcement officer if the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the child is in immediate danger from the child's surroundings and that the child's removal is necessary for the child's protection.
Involvement of law enforcement officers
(b) Whenever a law enforcement officer takes a child into custody under this section, the officer shall:
(1) Immediately notify the child's parent, guardian, or custodian;
(2) Immediately notify the local department; and
(3) Keep custody only until the local department either takes custody under § 3-815 of this subtitle or authorizes release of the child unless the officer determines that it is safe to return the child to the child's parent, custodian, or guardian.
Writs of attachment issued by court
(c)(1) If a parent, guardian, or custodian fails to bring the child before the court when requested, the court may issue a writ of attachment directing that the child be taken into custody and brought before the court.
(2) The court may proceed against the parent, guardian, or custodian for contempt.


Added by Acts 2001, c. 415, § 3, eff. Oct. 1, 2001.
MD Code, Courts and Judicial Proceedings, § 3-814, MD CTS & JUD PRO § 3-814
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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