260C.175 TAKING CHILD INTO CUSTODY.
Subdivision 1. Immediate custody.
No child may be taken into immediate custody except:
(a) with an order issued by the court in accordance with the provisions of section
, or Laws 1997, chapter 239, article 10, section 10, paragraph (a), clause (3), or 12,
paragraph (a), clause (3), or by a warrant issued in accordance with the provisions of section
(b) by a peace officer:
(1) when a child has run away from a parent, guardian, or custodian, or when the peace
officer reasonably believes the child has run away from a parent, guardian, or custodian; or
(2) when a child is found in surroundings or conditions which endanger the child's health or
welfare or which such peace officer reasonably believes will endanger the child's health or welfare.
If an Indian child is a resident of a reservation or is domiciled on a reservation but temporarily
located off the reservation, the taking of the child into custody under this clause shall be consistent
with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, United States Code, title 25, section 1922;
(c) by a peace officer or probation or parole officer when it is reasonably believed that the
child has violated the terms of probation, parole, or other field supervision; or
(d) by a peace officer or probation officer under section
260C.143, subdivision 1
Subd. 2. Notice to parent or custodian.
Whenever a peace officer takes a child into custody
for shelter care or relative placement pursuant to subdivision 1, section
260C.151, subdivision 5
, the officer shall notify the parent or custodian that under section
, the parent or custodian may request that the child be placed with a relative or a
designated caregiver under chapter 257A instead of in a shelter care facility. The officer also shall
give the parent or custodian of the child a list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers of social
services agencies that offer child welfare services. If the parent or custodian was not present when
the child was removed from the residence, the list shall be left with an adult on the premises or left
in a conspicuous place on the premises if no adult is present. If the officer has reason to believe the
parent or custodian is not able to read and understand English, the officer must provide a list that is
written in the language of the parent or custodian. The list shall be prepared by the commissioner
of human services. The commissioner shall prepare lists for each county and provide each county
with copies of the list without charge. The list shall be reviewed annually by the commissioner
and updated if it is no longer accurate. Neither the commissioner nor any peace officer or the
officer's employer shall be liable to any person for mistakes or omissions in the list. The list does
not constitute a promise that any agency listed will in fact assist the parent or custodian.
Subd. 3. Protective pat-down search of child authorized.
(a) A peace officer who takes a
child of any age or gender into custody under the provisions of this section is authorized to
perform a protective pat-down search of the child in order to protect the officer's safety.
(b) A peace officer also may perform a protective pat-down search of a child in order to
protect the officer's safety in circumstances where the officer does not intend to take the child into
custody, if this section authorizes the officer to take the child into custody.
(c) Evidence discovered in the course of a lawful search under this section is admissible.
History: 1999 c 139 art 3 s 17; 2003 c 2 art 1 s 27