Wow. You'd think that after hearing the horrifying report of the mom who accidentally dropped her baby on a conveyor belt and killed him, it would be the last time we heard a story that involved a poor, sweet child's death and a conveyor belt for a long time. But, sadly, it's not. The body of a baby girl was found wrapped in a blanket on the conveyor belt of a recycling plant in Victorville, CA. Details on this god-awful story remain fairly scant, but from the sounds of things, the baby had already died before making its way to the conveyor belt. In fact, tragically, from the sounds of things, some sick person threw this baby out with the recycling.
I can't, for the life of me, understand how someone could ever get rid of an infant they didn't want this way. Isn't it a well-known fact that safe-haven laws exist? It's beyond sad (and sick) that someone may have made the decision to dispose of their child in the trash, as opposed to dropping her off at a fire station or a hospital. Not everyone is in a situation where they can or should have a baby, and that's okay! What's not okay is trying to surreptitiously get rid of a newborn like this. It doesn't matter how uneducated a person is, everyone has to know that this is wrong.
It's heartbreaking to think that this poor, sweet child who barely saw this earth could have gone on to have a happy life, were she left at safe haven-designated place. And the parent, who clearly didn't want to be caught, could have gone on with their lives as if they never had the child in the first place. These laws are in place for a reason. It didn't have to be this way.
Anyone in the Victorville area who happens to be aware of a woman who recently gave birth and does not have the child in her possession is asked to contact Detective Bryan Zierdt at 909-387-3589, or Sheriff’s dispatch at 760-956-5001. This is a case were justice will never be served, but let's at least hope that person who did this is caught.
What do you think of this? What are your thoughts on safe haven laws?
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