We've heard this story before and it is always so heartbreaking. A 23-year-old woman has been arrested on attempted murder charges for dumping her newborn baby girl in a trash can. Alicia Marie Englert allegedly dumped her baby in the trash can of a neighbor, who luckily heard what she thought was the "meowing" of a kitten and went to investigate.
Instead of a kitten (which would have been sad enough), the neighbor discovered the baby. Police believe the mom dropped the baby off the night before.
Sadly, this happened in Salt Lake City, Utah, a state where mothers can drop off their newborns at hospitals without consequence. However, we can't assume every mother knows this. I wouldn't even know which states allow this and I'm on my computer looking at news stories all day.
However, a mom who truly wanted to save her infant could have done some research at a local library and figured it out. I'm guessing most moms who want to do this are just too ashamed or worried about what kind of response or questions they would get or whether the hospital would want to call parents or police.
One can hope that maybe the woman knew that if she put the baby in the trash, the neighbor would find the child soon enough. Perhaps she had seen the neighbor many times go to the trash can in the morning.
In the worst case scenario, this woman just wanted to get rid of her baby and hoped it would be picked up in the morning by the garbagemen. There is just something about putting your baby in the trash that makes it clear how you feel about the baby. It's not exactly the same thing as wrapping up the child and putting it on a church doorstep, or even pushing a child onto a crowded New York City subway platform, where you know the child will be seen by hundreds of people in about two seconds.
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The woman reportedly didn't want to tell her parents she was pregnant and thought that disposing of the child would "solve her problems."
Really very sad, but hopefully this baby will now find the loving home he or she deserves.
Should the mom have been charged with attempted murder?
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