As a mother, I live with the fear that someone could call CPS on me at any time, for any thing. It started with a phone call from the 16-year-old niece, and OP did confirm with her sister that what was said was true, because you know how teenagers can be dramatic. We talked for a while and what she told me was confirmed as true by my sister when I talked to her. Several suggested the aunt offer her a place in her home, though it doesn’t sound like her brother-in-law would really allow that. Agreed that I would have lost all respect for my sister through this, not putting her child’s health and welfare first.