Baby Abandoned by Dumpster- Steps Away from Church

Today’s article just SICKENS me. 

A newborn baby was found abandoned near a church dumpster just a few weeks ago.   Does this make sense to anyone?  Not me.  The parent who abandoned the child clearly had the presence of mind to take a child to a church.  For what possible reason did they not take the child INSIDE the church? 

The baby is okay, but was suffering from mild exposure when found.  I completely understand if the mother did not feel able to raise a child.  I would much rather see it placed in a safe and loving adoptive home.  Yet, did she really care so little about the baby that she could not walk a few extra steps to take it inside?  Sad.

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David Valdez Saves Baby- 17 years later Wishes for Reunion

It tells an amazing story of a young boy who found an abandoned baby and potentially saved his life.  The mother was never found, but the the newborn was adopted quickly.  The boy who found him, David Valdez, is now an adult and would like to know how the baby- who would now be 17- is doing.  I cannot help but smile at that.  Although an incident like this would certainly leave its mark on anyone, it is still touching that he wants to make contact with the baby he found or the parents.
If anyone has any information on the baby in this story, please help David Valdez find him.  He deserves an update after his good deed.
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Adoptive Mother of Abandoned Baby Praises Safe Haven Laws

Barbara Gallen and son Tal

Hoorah!  I have found another happy article!  This story is about one particular little boy whose mother took advantage of the Safe Haven laws and left her son in the care of an approved location.  That little boy is now a part of a loving family that is thrilled to have him as an addition to their home.  Not only does the adoptive mother approve of Safe Haven laws, but she sends blessings to the birth mother praising her for her decision to relinquish her parental rights so that her little boy could grow up safe and cared for.

This really proves that Safe Haven laws are in the best interests of everyone.  The birth parents are not prosecuted as long as the child has not been abused or neglected, the child grows up in a happy and safe home, and the adoptive parents get to make their family whole by bringing in one of these unwanted babies.  Who can argue with an outcome like that?

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Should Child Abusers be Prosecuted under Safe Haven?

This article (click here) is scary to think about and brings up some rather controversial points.  South Carolina’s current Safe Haven laws allow a parent complete anonymity when giving up their children as long as that child is unharmed when they are dropped off.  This prevents a lot of parents from giving up children that already show signs of abuse due to fear of criminal prosecution.  South Carolina is considering abandoning this stipulation.  This means that any child who has been abused would still be protected under Safe Haven laws and the parents would not be punished.

This seems like a terrible idea until you look closer.  Yes, these parents would go unpunished for abuse of children, but they would also be more willing to give up their parental rights and place them in a safe home where no further abuse would happen.  So, the trade-off is criminals go unpunished… but the abuse stops.  What do you think?

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Love your child? Find a Safe Haven!

I just read a story that gave me chills.  A man was seen walking by some dumpsters with an infant wrapped in a blanket, kissed it, and started to put the child in the dumpster when he noticed he was being watched.  The man took off and no one has been able to locate him or the infant. 

What really gets me is the fact that he kissed the child.  This tells me that he obviously loved the baby and did not wish to harm it.  If that is the case, he must not know about Safe Haven laws which specifically state that if a newborn is dropped off at an approved Safe Haven location, the parent will face no charges or other repercussions.  If he loved the child, there would be no other reason why he would use a dumpster as his means of relinquishing parental duties.  WHY are there still people who don’t know about these laws?  HOW else can we get this information out there?  WHAT will you do to help?

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Infant Abandonment is not an Option; Safe Haven is!

I already covered this issue, but I like this article.  It brings up a good point. 

Sometimes I feel like I’m advocating child abandonment.  This is not my intention.  Ideally, I would like to see these mothers use birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy or take advantage of the plethora of assistance that we have in this country for new mothers.  Yet, this is not an ideal world and it just does not happen that way all of the time.  Many women do get pregnant unintentionally and many women do not understand how hard being a parent is until they have a child.  At the point where they get so overwhelmed that they being contemplating ways to relieve themselves of their parental duties, that is when I become a fan of dropping these newborns off at Safe Haven locations.  We have seen what the other options are.  The child a few weeks ago who was found in a dumpster is an excellent example.

So, regardless of whether you agree with child abandonment, everyone should stand up for Safe Haven laws.

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Effectiveness of Safe Haven Laws

This article has some scary statistics.  Since Safe Haven Laws were enacted in Los Angeles County 83 newborns were left with a Safe Haven location, but 66 were found abandoned in hazardous locations.  Of course, the number abandoned may be much higher… they just may never have been found.  Only 13 of these abandoned babies survived the harmful situations they were left in.

I have known many people with fertility problems that would love nothing more than to adopt a child.  There are SO many homes in this country just waiting to be completed by a baby.  The article reports that only 3 have been found abandoned since 2007 and that is wonderful, but… this is still way too many with the amount of resources available to new mothers.

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Melita Johnson- False police report on abandoned infant

Melita Johnson

I have another update on a story I reported not long ago: the mother who was charged with filing a false police report because of an abandoned child.  Friends of the woman say that they do not believe she deserved to have charges filed against her.

I could not disagree more.  A police report is a big deal.  There is no excuse for lying on a document like this.  A simple internet search or phone call to a local hospital or police station could have helped her gain a better understanding of Safe Haven Laws and the fact that there was no reason to be less than honest.  I do wish she had not lied on the police report because I respect that she did not place her baby is harm’s way like so many other parents do.  She probably has a good chance of getting a plea bargain.  Hopefully, justice will be served and this case will be held up as a general deterrent for future parents.

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Baby Found in Dumpster- Lucky to be Alive

Here is another article about the same baby I reported on earlier today.  The child was actually found the night before trash pickup was due.  Temperatures were down into the 30s that night, which is obviously not conducive to the health of a newborn.  They estimated the child to be approximately 2 hours old at the time she was found.

In Michigan, where this occurred, child abandonment is a felony and comes with a possible 2 year incarceration term.  I certainly hope the parent is found and brought to justice.  Poor baby.

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Dumpster Baby Found- Given Safe Haven

John VandenBos

I just read an article reporting another baby found abandoned in a dumpster.  Thankfully, this turned out much better than the last one.  The baby is alive and well after being found by John VandenBos.  It is an absolute miracle that he did.  He found the baby hidden inside a box while looking for cans to recycle.  It was trash day and if the truck had come by before John was able to rescue the baby, I don’t even want to think about what could have happened if they didn’t see him.

Now I know that we beg you every day to get the word out about Safe Haven Laws… and for good reason!  Yet, is there anyone out there who would abandon a child in a dumpster because they are confused about the laws?  I doubt it!  This is just pure cruelty.

Thank you to Mr. VandenBos for helping to keep one more child safe.  Click here to read article.

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