CHICAGO, Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Prominent custody litigators Arthur Kallow and Leslie Arenson of the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving. Ltd., obtained possession of a 14-year-old child after she was found to be living in a potentially dangerous environment. Cook County Judge Martha A. Mills ordered a transfer of possession of the young child to her father this week.
The 14-year-old girl was identified to be living at the home of an unrelated 35-year-old La Grange man, Anthony Valerio, who is currently being investigated on drug charges.
According to court documents, the home where the child was residing was ransacked in a home invasion by three suspects using firearms on Dec. 9, 2011. A subsequent investigation led La Grange Police to arrest Valerio on drug charges. That is when the child's father Oscar Arcineigas leapt into action to immediately obtain possession of his daughter.
Judge Mills entered an order stating that the mother, "shall not expose the child to Anthony Valerio and shall not bring the child to any location in which illegal drugs are present or otherwise expose the child to illegal drugs." Valerio has a history of alleged illegal drug violations.
Attorney Art Kallow stressed the vital importance of the kind of environment a child should have. "Growing up, a child's home should be a nest of protection and safety, but that is not always the case. Generally speaking, residences that double as places of commerce for illegal drugs are simply unsafe and put the child's interests last."
"Children are often the innocent victims when illegal drug-trafficking and a culture of violence become a part of their daily lives," said Attorney Leslie Arenson. "The health, well-being and safety of children is our top priority."
The next court date is set for February 9, 2012 at 10:00AM in the Richard J. Daley Center in Courtroom CL12 before Judge Mills.
Jeffery Leving is the publisher of Leving's Divorce Magazine. (http://levingsdivorcemagazine.com).
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SOURCE Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.