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Woman accused of abandoning baby is located, arrested

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 11, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    What mothers in trouble need to know is... in Utah you can leave your baby at any hospital or police station if you can't cope, no questions asked.

    But if you just leave the baby in a garbage can or on the street where there's a good chance of harm coming to the baby... you will be arrested (for endangering the baby).

    If you know you can't care for the baby anymore... don't just leave them on the street where who knows what can happen to them. Call police or take them to authorities who will place them in a good home.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 11, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    @2bits

    I think you present a well reasoned and thoughtful response to the situation. Sadly when people get to this point they often don't think very clearly but hopefully your comment will resonate with someone in a similar situation. thanks

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2013 4:35 p.m.

    Thank God, that even he ispired the jogger to action, when it looks like the mother abandoned the helpless child! Lets hope that the best decision in this case is for the welfare of the child!

  • K Mchenry, IL
    July 11, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    It sounds like she was under the influence, not abandoning a child.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 11, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    I can see why she would be afraid to notify the police or visit the police station. But she could have left the infant at a fire station. Those guys would have taken it in and saw to it that it was treated well, no questions asked and no explanation required.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    July 11, 2013 5:37 p.m.

    Nothing like drug paraphenalia in the diaper bag to tell the sad story.

  • jcobabe Provo, UT
    July 11, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    To me, the cognitive dissonance is difficult to reconcile. Some groups argue that a mother should have the freedom to choose whether her unborn even gets to live, it is her private business. The dead body of the defenseless "fetus" is disposed of with as little respect as for any other hazardous medical waste. But let a few weeks pass, and a mother who wanders off and "neglects" her baby for a few minutes, and see the display of concern, and the supposed public interest. This mother is now treated like a criminal, and they place the baby in state custody, for the baby's "protection". The whole scenario is a frighful nightmare.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    July 11, 2013 6:22 p.m.

    I marvel at the patience of the God and Father of us all. It is a wonder he trusts some people with his precious spirit children.

    I agree with 2 Bits. Well said.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    July 11, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    This child has been greatly blessed that its mother abandoned it since she was in no condition to care for it.

    A much sadder group are those who are alcoholic and druggies who think they ARE caring for their children, while putting them through a world of hurt.

    I applaud this mother for her conscious decision to walk away.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    July 11, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    Why this woman even became a mother while seeking drugs is startling. Sometimes people just don't understand the long-term effects from such a horrible habit.
    Best wishes to the baby.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 12, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    And to think there's an element of our society that thinks drugs should be legal...as if all this stuff will go away simply because drugs are legal.