Hours-Old Newborn Found Abandoned In Grass

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baby handThere are women who get pregnant and decide they don't want to keep the baby so they give it up for adoption giving another family a chance to be parents. Amazing. There are even some women who are surrogates and carry a baby to term to fulfill a dream for another women. Incredible. There are also women who go though pregnancy and decide not to keep the baby and after they deliver, make use of the Safe Haven Law and abandon the child in a safe place where the baby will be found and properly cared for. That's a good thing. But there are also a select few who desert newborns without any care and just walk away.

On Sunday night, a baby girl who was just a few hours old was found alone and crying behind the Woodside Houses in Queens, New York. Alone. No note. Right there in the grass wrapped in towels and sheets. A baby.

I'm not sure what to think about a person who would do such a thing. And it's hard to make any judgement not knowing anything about the mother or the circumstances. Because far too often there are tragic stories behind a terrible discovery like this. But I hope all women know there is a better way if you decide you don't want to own up to your parenting duties. You can find a safe haven -- a fire house, a hospital, police station -- and leave the baby there so she would be found right away with minimal chance of harm. Leaving a child on the grass behind a housing complex put the newborn in danger she shouln't have been in.

Thankfully, the baby is doing fine after being found by people who lived in the building who heard a baby crying in the grass. The child was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and the police are looking for the birth parents to find out what happened. Depending on the situation, they don't deserve to be called parents. A good parent wouldn't do that to a child.

This baby girl will grow up and may someday know that her birth mother left her to fend for herself just a few hours into her life. The fact that she persevered will either empower her or make her question her biological mother's actions over and over again. But there's also a chance she'll never know her birth story. Maybe she will be adopted into a wonderful family and grow up to be a happy girl, eventually a woman who has her own children, and none of this will matter. I am happy she was given that chance, that people found her before this defenseless baby left in the grass alone met a fate she didn't deserve.

Maybe everything happens for a reason. Maybe the mother had no other choice, that this was the best choice. We don't know the whole story. But a teeny tiny baby ... a newborn who must eat every two or three hours ... left alone on the ground with wild animals around, rats, who knows what other dangers .... Considering the circumstances, the outcome could have been worse. Thank goodness she was found and is okay.

If they find the birth mother and she decides she wants the baby, does she deserve another chance?

 

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Evaly... EvalynCarnate

Actually, I'm shocked at how few women know about the safe haven laws. There are no documentation about it in sex ed around here, theres nothing to be learned about it in ob's offices or even the health department around here. Perhaps this woman didnt know, and paniced. I'm not trying to defend what she did and I, by no means, believe that she should have a second chance with this baby, but maybe she just didnt know she had other options. Its really sad and I'm glad this baby was found safe. I hope she comes to parents who will love and appreciate her. 

summe... summerblythe

I wish y'all would stop posting stories like this, just reading the headline ruined my day.

cmjaz cmjaz

It could've been a child having a child, which is why they didn't know about safe haven.

Misty... Misty.Dawn

deserve another chance?!?!?! Youve got to be kidding me!! Yeah, lets give her another chance so that next time she decided to just leave the baby in some random place, it might not have a chance of surviving. Or lets say she decides to keep it after her second chance...the baby irritates her, she beats it. Obviously she doesnt want the baby so hopefully if they are stupid enough to give her a second chance, she wont take it. Doesnt matter her "reasons" for leaving the baby. Unless someone took her baby from her against her will, there should be no second chances. The only one who deserves a second chance is that baby. a second chance at life! A better chance.

natal... natalia1220

No way!! That little girl deserves a second chance to find a great home with loving parents! If I found that little girl and raised her, I would never tell her the story of how she was found. That is traumatic. Im so glad the little baby was found in good conditions. I agree with Misty Dawn. If she left that baby alone and decides she wants her back, she will beat the baby for irritating her.

nonmember avatar MomOf3Divas

I think it's insane how the mother is being condemned. We know nothing at all about this woman! We don't even know if it was she who left this angel there or if she is alive even! We literally know zilch. We only know the baby was found wrapped, that speaks nothing of her. I'm not trying to defend a woman who abandoned her child, I'm just stating that none of us even know if it was the mother.

Belkys87 Belkys87

Nope not really she gave the baby up so to me she doesnt deserve being a mother , just cause she gave birth, to me , does not make her one

Cheye... CheyennesMommy2

No way. She shouldn't be allowed near that poor baby!

Gypsy... GypsyMa76

I'll take that lil blessing in a heartbeat

Karla C. Mulrenan

No, she probably doesnt want a second chance. We will never know what drove her to abandon her child, unless we do find out. She could be a teen or a mentally ill woman or just a woman who didnt know her options and was scared. I hope this beautiful baby can find a home and a family to fill her with love. I would take her as my own if i could....

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