There was good news this past week for Mary Cosby, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star. She found out that prosecutors decided to drop the criminal charges against her son, Robert Cosby Jr.
What was the potential criminal case? Mary Cosby’s son was initially charged with unlawful sheltering of a runaway and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Even though Robert Cosby, son of Mary Cosby, star of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City became entangled in the snares of the law because someone called the police because his girlfriend was there at the time they were called.
But this is a teachable moment. Do you want to know more about runaway laws? Are you worried that you or your loved ones could potentially face the wrath of the law, just for helping a runaway?
Real Housewives Tips for You
Legal experts cite studies which show that during 2016 and 2017, about 700,000 youths between the 13 and 17 years of age experienced some form of homelessness. What causes homelessness? Getting involuntarily kicked out of the family house and/or voluntarily running away. When children or teens need a place to stay, they may visit a local shelter, ask friends for help or seek the counsel and couch of an adult mentor, coach or extended family member.
If you open your home to a child who has run away from their home or has been forcefully removed by their parents, you, like the son of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Mary Crosby, could face criminal charges.
- Ensure that the child approaches you for assistance, not the other way around.
- Take necessary precautions to determine whether the child is seeking to escape from a police officer, peace officer, probation officer, group home, residential treatment or detention facility.
- Refrain from physically forcing the child to influence them to go with you to your home.
- Seek the permission of their parents prior to inviting them into your household.
- Refrain from knowingly concealing or sheltering the child from their parents or the public.
- Refrain from showing indifference to their homelessness and/or runaway status.
Even though there are heightened risks of criminal charges (felony and/or misdemeanor) related to harboring a runaway, legal experts suggest these defenses have proven useful.
- The harboring adult is related to the minor by blood or marriage.
- The harboring adult notified the parents, law enforcement or the place where the child escaped within 24 hours of learning that the child was a runaway.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and wives, housewives, mothers and daugthers across all income levels, race and geography have a close affinity for the protection of kids and minors. Particularly those in trouble, in need, or neglected. However, it would be most prudent to review these tips to prevent the likelihood of being on the wrong side of the law.