Unknown Putative Father

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Posted by w0ep on May 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

[Today’s run:  1 mile followed by 20×100]

An item from today’s newspaper, legal notice section in the classifieds caught my eye.

Not so long ago there were lots of orphans in the world.  Their parents would get sick and die.  So maybe a relative would take them in.  I remember reading some census data from the late 1800’s and seeing how one family evolved as various members died off.  It started out with Dad, Mom and kids, but ended with Step-dad and a mix of surviving kids.  Everyone else had disappeared, probably died.

But today we start the kids off already half orphaned.  It makes me angry.

The other reason this caught my attention is that there is no indication of who this is about except for the initials A.C.H.  No mother, no father and just three letters for the child.

My apologies to A.C.H. who deserves a real mother and a real father:

IN THE COUNT OF LOWNDES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI YOUTH COURT DIVISION IN THE INTEREST OF: A.C.H., A Minor NO: 10-103-Y2 SUMMONS TO: Unknown Putative Father Whose present residence, post office address and street address are all unknown after diligent search and inquiry to ascertain the same. You have been made Party in Interest in the Petition filed in this Court by The Lowndes County Department of Human Services. The petition filed has initiated a civil action alleging child in need of special care. You are ummoned to appear and defend against the Petition filed against you in the action at 9:00 a.m., on the 13th day of June, 2012, at the Lowndes County Juvenile Justice Complex, 1602 College Street, Columbus, Mississippi. Issued under my hand and seal of said Court, this the 24thday of May, 2012. Mahala N. Salazar Circuit Clerk Lowndes County, Mississippi PO Box 1471 Columbus, Mississippi 39703-1471 By: Rita Gregory, D.C. Publication Dates: 5/29, 6/5, 6/12/12

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  • On May 31, 2012 at 9:56 am Jonathan Howard said

    How do you know the fate of the mother, vis-a-vis A.C.H.?

    • On May 31, 2012 at 11:04 am w0ep said

      That’s a very good point.

      I was making the assumption that if the County is in the picture the mother
      is either out of the picture or not able to live up to her responsibilities
      in some way.

      Maybe the County is working in conjunction with the mother to try to
      collect child support or something… but again, I assume the
      mother might have some hints about who to chase down as the father.

      So, I’m thinking this is a case where the County is taking over
      custody for some reason and they have to put out a token
      notice in case there is a father at hand, yet unrecognized.

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