(1) A law enforcement officer shall take into custody a child taken in violation of
RCW 9A.40.060 or 9A.40.070. The law enforcement officer shall make every reasonable effort to avoid placing
additional trauma on the child by obtaining such custody at times and in a manner
least disruptive to the child. The law enforcement officer shall return the child to the person or agency having
the right to physical custody unless the officer has reasonable grounds to believe
the child should be taken into custody under RCW 13.34.050 or 26.44.050. If there is no person or agency having the right to physical custody available to
take custody of the child, the officer may place the child in shelter care as provided
in RCW 13.34.060.
(2) A law enforcement officer or public employee acting reasonably and in good faith
shall not be held liable in any civil action for returning the child to a person having
the apparent right to physical custody.
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