2016 Maryland Code
Title 5 - Children
Subtitle 7 - Child Abuse and Neglect
§ 5-709. Temporary removal of child from home without court approval
(a) Right of entry. -- If a representative of a local department is conducting an investigation under this subtitle, the representative may enter the household, if the representative:
(1) previously has been denied the right of entry; and
(2) has probable cause to believe that a child is in serious, immediate danger.
(b) Police officer to accompany representative. -- A police officer shall accompany the representative and may use reasonable force, if necessary, to enable the representative to gain entry.
(c) Removal of child. -- The representative may remove the child temporarily, without prior approval by the juvenile court, if the representative believes that the child is in serious, immediate danger.
(d) Examination of child. -- If a child is removed from a household under this section, the local department shall have the child thoroughly examined by a physician and a report of this examination shall be included in a report made under § 5-706(j) of this subtitle within the time specified.
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