Mom Leaves 3-Month-Old Baby on Side of a Road

It's a good thing some concerned neighbors checked the abandoned infant car seat they saw on the side of a road in Maryland, because someone had left their baby behind in it. After a social media push to find the 3-month-old's mom or dad, Sandra Clara McClary, 26, came forward as the child's mother.


McClary was arrested on child neglect and reckless endangerment charges for allegedly leaving her 3-month-old daughter in a scuffed infant car seat on the side of the road near midnight on Saturday, along with a diaper bag.

Before she came forward, the Anne Arundel County Police Department shared the infant's picture on social media, asking, "Do you know the parent of this baby?" The post was shared more than 27,000 times before McClary came forward, claiming that she believed her daughter to be with her dad.

When investigators began questioning her, they determined that she was in that neighborhood around that time, and in a statement issued Sunday night, they said she "removed the child from the vehicle and left her on the side of the road."

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Lt. T.J. Smith told the press, "We're most fortunate that the child is not harmed and appears to be in good condition." Thank goodness this little one was found! She's currently in protective services until someone can figure out what's going on with her parents. Obviously, leaving your child on the side of the road is very wrong, but we don't know what this mom was thinking.

Before she was charged, Smith told reporters that it would be "natural" to jump to conclusions, but also stated, "At the same time, we need to make sure that there wasn't any foul play involved, and that this person wasn't a victim of a crime herself. So we don't know the answer to that. We're trying to figure that out."

I can't imagine what must have been going through this woman's head to lead her to abandoning her baby. I hope that this little girl is OK, and has a safe home to grow up in.

Do you think this woman could have had a good reason for abandoning her baby?


Image via Anne Arundel County Police Department

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