Ralph GarlickShortly after Ralph Garlick called authorities to let them know he "found" a newborn baby, umbilical cord still attached, on the ground outside a convenient store in Florida, he was arrested. See, Garlick didn't find the baby at all. He's reportedly the person who got rid of the child on behalf of his girlfriend, even though the child supposedly isn't his. Garlick lied to police, initially claiming to be his late brother, but then caved, admitting to what he'd allegedly done. He was arrested on giving false information to police and resisting an officer without violence.
And even though what this man reportedly did is heartbreaking and sick, it's a lot better than what other people have done with babies they didn't want.
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There, sadly, have been countless stories in the news, reporting on babies who have been found by third parties in the grass, in dumpsters, and in other god-awful places newborns never should be found. In these stories, the babies are often tragically discovered when it's already too late. And many of us react to these horrifying stories by saying: There are safe haven laws. Why didn't the people who didn't want this child just leave them at a hospital or a firehouse?
What Garlick did certainly wasn't right -- he allegedly left a naked baby outside in extremely cold temperatures. But he did call the police, and thank goodness for that. The baby is alive and said to be in good condition. She has a fighting chance to go on to live a happy and healthy life (raised by parents other than Garlick and his girlfriend). And that's a lot more than we can say about some of the other infants that parents have gotten rid of.
What do you think of this? What is a suitable punishment for Garlick's crime?
Image via Volusia County Sheriff's Office