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"Friend, whereto art thou come?"

Jo update. Jo's mom has started the procedures for getting custody of Jo's 12-year-old, Jim. She has some kind of temporary legal custody now, but there is still some sort of court proceedings that need to go on. Leading up to this was more drama. After the strangulation incident, Jo's mom managed to get Child Protective Services to start to look into this. They said they would be ready to take some sort of action (what, I am not sure) in three days. Jo's mom stayed with the 12-year-old at a friends house for that time. Then she went back to her house after that, thinking all was arranged, but apparently it was not. When he is getting ready for bed he gets a call from Jo. Now that she has identified his location, and while she has him on the phone (saying she loves him), Augie is calling the police. Jo's call was sort of like Judas' kiss, I guess. They are still doing the whole 'declaring Jim as unruly' bit, you see. The police come, arrest him, cuff him, book him, etc. He is later released to the custody of Jo and Augie, his loving parents.

At this point Jo's mom seeks (and gets) a temporary, but immediate, custody of Jim. She goes to collect him, but Jo and Augie won't let him leave. Jo's mom calls for the police to help (the custody papers say local police are to help) but gets Sgt. O'Neill, who is apparently a friend of Augie's. I hadn't mentioned him in the earlier posts, but he has turned up before to take up Augie's side whenever possible. He also failed to file any reports for the previous calls that were made because of Augie's violence with the kids.

On this call he did everything he could to convince Jo's mom that the police were not supposed to help her, but he failed. It was hard to keep it up when she had court papers saying he needed to help her. All that was left for him to do was to perform his duties with as little grace as was possible. So, Jim is with his grandmother for the time being, and we'll have to see what the courts decide.