Speaking of safe haven laws, because we were you know, a new safe haven law went into effect in the state of Kansas as of July 1st.
Previously there was an issue with identifying the parent who dropped off their child after one mother was sought because authorities thought she was in medical danger. The new law makes identification less of an issue except where abuse is suspected.
You can read the new law here. (PDF file)
Thanks to CW for the assist.
You can look here for your own state’s Safe Haven laws here.
I must be getting soft in my old age. Tipster Misty sent me a story about a 27-year-old woman from Florida who gave birth at home then placed the newborn in a trash bag where she died. I used to go ballistic over reading stories like this but for some reason now I couldn’t be too harsh on this woman. We don’t know her situation.
The woman was Hispanic and lived with her adult siblings and mother. We don’t know what was going on at the home. We don’t know if the woman herself was in danger from the family if it was revealed or from someone else. She has been charged with manslaughter however. Instead of piling on this woman I decided it was time to talk about the state Safe Haven Laws in the U.S. again.
Each of the 50 states has their own law in which you can drop off a newborn baby at certain places safely with no questions asked. With so many of these stories that constantly show up in the news it makes me wonder if the states are not doing enough to inform the public about these laws. So I’m going to give them a little hand.
For instance this story took place in Florida and according to Florida’s Safe Haven law…
You can leave your baby, up to 7 days old, with an employee at any hospital, emergency medical services station or with a fire fighter at any fire station in Florida.
They also have a crisis line you can call at 1-877-767 BABY (2229).
You can look here for your own state’s Safe Haven laws here.
Police release more details on abandoned baby:
Cora Lynn Watkins
25-year-old Cora Lynn Watkins has been arrested in Houston, Mississippi, for allegedly abandoning her newborn baby in a storage shed. She allegedly gave birth alone, left the baby wrapped in a blanket then returned to work. Luckily some children heard the baby crying. The article states that the kids got some family members but it’s unclear, to me at least, if they were Watkins’ family members. Either way the baby was taken to the hospital and at last report is doing well.
However this isn’t the first time that Watkins has done something like this. She was arrested back in 2010 for abandoning a baby at a Salvation Army. She received probation for that offense and was just released from probation last month. I doubt this time she’ll be so lucky.
It may have been a while since we discussed this but baby dumping like this is so unnecessary. All 50 states have Safe Haven laws where you can drop a newborn off safely with no questions asked. Specifically in Mississippi you can drop a newborn up to 3 days old at a hospital, adoption center, emergency room or EMS station.
Once again I have to ask are the safe haven laws so unknown that this keeps happening?
Thanks to Amy for the tip.
Athens woman charged with murder for fatally stabbing her newborn son
21-year-old Cassandra Elyse Norwood from Athens Georgia has been charged with the murder of her newborn son. According to the police, mommy dearest lived with her parents and other family members (who were all clueless that she was expecting). How did they not know she was pregnant and about to blow?? Apparently when labor struck, she went to a different part of the house where no one could hear her give birth. I’m sorry but if there are no pain meds involved i cant believe no one could hear her! Anyway, Shortly after his birth, within minutes or hours (tbd by autopsy) she decided to stab and cut the little man to death. Someone in the home found the body around 1pm Thursday and called 911.
Mommy dearest was arrested Friday but was placed in the hospital to be treated for blood loss from the labor. She has been charged with murder and will be placed in jail as soon as she is released from the hospital. I say let her bleed….to death! Stupid ass does not deserve to live.
There was no apparent motive and no apparent mental condition to cause this poor baby’s death. The police are looking for the father.
Maybe the inmates will take turns slicing and dicing her ass and leave her to bleed to death!!
***Thanks for the tips and the write up go to Leslie.
Angelica Swartout, 20, worked at a motel, which is where she apparently gave birth and dumped her newborn in the trash.
So weird that there are lots of stories lately with baby-momma names that refer to Angels when they clearly are not.
This devilish angel’s own family is who tipped off the police.
It started when she told them her baby died in the hospital back in October. But when the family started to arrange funeral plans they couldn’t find a record of his birth or death. Swartout comes from an adoptive home too – she herself was adopted into a family and able to grow up happy. Why didn’t she let her own son do the same? Now authorities are sifting through the local landfill to try and recover the remains so the family may provide a proper burial.
Investigators say Swartout, admitted in an interview with them Wednesday that she killed her son on Oct. 18, shortly after giving birth to him while she worked a night shift at the motel. Swartout told detectives that she wrapped her dead son’s body in a sheet and placed it in a trash bin outside the motel — then finished her shift and went home.
There’s more background to this story too:
Swartout’s large adoptive family could not keep her from developing a methamphetamine habit that Lewis said continued through the early months of her pregnancy. Although investigators believe that the baby’s father did not remain in contact with Swartout after she became pregnant, they still want to locate and interview him. Family members told police that while Swartout was apprehensive about becoming a mother upon learning of her pregnancy, she appeared to become more excited about it as her son’s birth neared. Swartout’s family held a baby shower for Swartout earlier this year.
Angelica Swartout now sits in jail with charges of aggravated murder.
Thanks got to Papersnake and Deena for the tip.
Omaha Father Who Ditched Nine Kids Via Safe Haven Law Has Twins on the Way:
You remember the Staton 9 don’t you? In case you don’t they were the 9 children dropped of in Nebraska when they had their wacky safe haven law. At the trime their father dropped them off at a safe haven because his wife had passed away and claimed that he could no longer care for his children.
Well now he’s expecting twins with his new girlfriend. I guess this clown never heard of a condom, or personal responsibility.
Mom Who Abandoned Baby In Shoebox Arrested:
Last Sunday a newborn baby was found in the lobby of a Hempstead, NY apartment building. The baby was found in a Timberland’s shoebox completely soiled with the umbilical cord tied off with dental floss.
This past Wednesday the birth organism accused of dumping the baby was arrested. 25-year-old Xiomara Gamez was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment to a child and is being held on $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash bail.
Gamez has six other children who live with their father and she claims she’s addicted to cocaine which is why she allegedly dumped the baby.
According to the National Safe Haven Alliance New York law says that a baby can be left up to 5 days old, with any responsible person.
Last time I checked a shoebox was not a responsible person. Then again neither are pregnant c*cke addicts.
Thanks to Jinx for the tip.
Christina from b5’s own SoloMother has a great post up about her thoughts on safe haven laws.
I couldn’t agree with her more. Go read it now heathen dogs. (I use that as a term of affection by the way)