A Family Court commissioner ordered today that 3-year-old Cortez Bass live, at least, temporarily with his father.
That decision came after a brief, closed court hearing in Clayton.
Cortez has been in the custody of DFS since the weekend, when he was found wandering alone Saturday night at closing time at the St. Louis Mills Mall in Hazelwood. The boy's mother, Shameka Taylor, 28, of St. Louis, showed up at the police station Tuesday afternoon and was arrested on unrelated warrants for probation violation and stealing.
The boy's father has asked, at this point, not to be publicy identified so he and his son can have some time together without media interference, Braeske said.
Braeske said his client intends to seek permanent custody of Cortez, given the circumstances of the case, and he's confident he will succeed.