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.
@2bitsI 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
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!
It sounds like she was under the influence, not abandoning a child.
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.
Nothing like drug paraphenalia in the diaper bag to tell the sad story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.