Newborn left on porch in frigid temps

Newborn left on porch in frigid temps

There are 35 comments on the WISH-TV 8 Indiana News story from Jan 21, 2009, titled Newborn left on porch in frigid temps. In it, WISH-TV 8 Indiana News reports that:

Police are looking for the mother of an abandoned infant found in a shoe box on the porch of a home in Lawrence.

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Amazed

Kentland, IN

#1 Jan 21, 2009
With all the safer places out their that this mother could have taken this baby, why would she leave the baby on someones porch? How did she know how long it would be before the baby was noticed? And why this house? This is so sad that a mother would do this. I wish I was in a place in my life where I could help out babies and children like this. We have to read about this all too many times recently. This is so sad. Thankfully this homeowner had friends show up and noticed this baby before it was too late with the freezing temperatures.
Shaking my head

Bourbonnais, IL

#2 Jan 21, 2009
What a ridiculously selfish act.
hello

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Jan 21, 2009
Shaking my head wrote:
What a ridiculously selfish act.
Ok...the mom was wrong, but things are not always as they seem. The mother may not have had transportation to a safe haven place or maybe she did not know of the law She was desperate. I deal with kids all day long and know they are normally very good. She could have dumped the baby in a dumpster. I wish she would have rang the doorbell or something. It is very selfless to give up your child if you cant care for it. She did it in the wrong way. I am sad for her, but more so for the baby. How sad.
Bystander

Lexington, KY

#4 Jan 21, 2009
Why in the world did she not know any better?
Not Judging

Goldsmith, IN

#5 Jan 22, 2009
Maybe she wanted to be found out. A safe haven place asks no questions and the baby is gone from her life forever. Not that this way is right, by any means, but maybe she was too afraid to tell her parents and this was a way to be found out. She immediately went to school and told a counselor and she turned herself in. Not the best situation for the baby but at least now her family can get involved and maybe get custody of the baby so that it doesn't end up in Indiana's horrible foster care system. She should be held responsible for actions, but her family should be given the opportunity to take responsibility for the baby. We are always so quick to judge when we don't know someones situation. Who knows why her family didnt know she was pregnant. Obviously she did a good job of hiding it. We dont know anything about who fathered the baby, maybe she was raped and was ashamed to tell someone. We just dont know, so we just shouldnt judge.
Amazed

Kentland, IN

#6 Jan 22, 2009
Not Judging wrote:
Maybe she wanted to be found out. A safe haven place asks no questions and the baby is gone from her life forever. Not that this way is right, by any means, but maybe she was too afraid to tell her parents and this was a way to be found out. She immediately went to school and told a counselor and she turned herself in. Not the best situation for the baby but at least now her family can get involved and maybe get custody of the baby so that it doesn't end up in Indiana's horrible foster care system. She should be held responsible for actions, but her family should be given the opportunity to take responsibility for the baby. We are always so quick to judge when we don't know someones situation. Who knows why her family didnt know she was pregnant. Obviously she did a good job of hiding it. We dont know anything about who fathered the baby, maybe she was raped and was ashamed to tell someone. We just dont know, so we just shouldnt judge.
She has given us plenty of reason to judge. At 17, I'm sorry, but you do know better. If it was a situation of rape, then why would you be ashamed to tell your parents. It is not your fault if you are raped. Tell someone so the basta** can be caught. There is no right only wrong to leaving a baby on someones doorstep in 14 degree temperatures, or in any temperature. As for her turning herself in to the cops, she got scared and wanted to come forward so it wouldnt look so bad on her. She proved she had a little conscience by doing that, but still did wrong to begin with. YOU DONT LEAVE YOUR NEWBORN ANYWHERE BUT YOUR OWN ARMS. PERIOD.
Wanting to adopt a baby

Catonsville, MD

#8 Jan 22, 2009
This is Sad! Maybe the girl was afraid & didn't know what to do.It's not so easy to tell your parents this type of think.Yes,she's old enough to know the right thing to to do .When a person is scared,they make the wrong choices.There are plenty of GOOD PEOPLE (like my husband & I) that are wanting to adopt a baby.Maybe,schools should post the:SAFE HAVEN PLACE where teenagers will see this everyday.
Amerie

Duncan, OK

#10 Jan 22, 2009
Amazed wrote:
With all the safer places out their that this mother could have taken this baby, why would she leave the baby on someones porch? How did she know how long it would be before the baby was noticed? And why this house? This is so sad that a mother would do this. I wish I was in a place in my life where I could help out babies and children like this. We have to read about this all too many times recently. This is so sad. Thankfully this homeowner had friends show up and noticed this baby before it was too late with the freezing temperatures.
she is a teenager How great do you think her decison making skills are?
Shaking my head

Kendallville, IN

#12 Jan 22, 2009
hello wrote:
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Ok...the mom was wrong, but things are not always as they seem. The mother may not have had transportation to a safe haven place or maybe she did not know of the law She was desperate. I deal with kids all day long and know they are normally very good. She could have dumped the baby in a dumpster. I wish she would have rang the doorbell or something. It is very selfless to give up your child if you cant care for it. She did it in the wrong way. I am sad for her, but more so for the baby. How sad.
Are you kidding me?! Woulda coulda shoulda doesn't cut it for this one. The girl was pregnant! She obviously knew this was coming for months. Dumping a baby anywhere to possibly die is NOT a "selfless act" as you say. She had plenty of time to figure out what she was going to do. She was just too selfish to care, period.
Bubba

Edison, NJ

#13 Jan 22, 2009
Frank Lee wrote:
Almost one less future welfare mama to worry about. Drat the luck.
Send the girl a box of "DO NOT OPEN TILL CHRISTMAS" stickers.
Fed Up

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jan 22, 2009
hello wrote:
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Ok...the mom was wrong, but things are not always as they seem. The mother may not have had transportation to a safe haven place or maybe she did not know of the law She was desperate. I deal with kids all day long and know they are normally very good. She could have dumped the baby in a dumpster. I wish she would have rang the doorbell or something. It is very selfless to give up your child if you cant care for it. She did it in the wrong way. I am sad for her, but more so for the baby. How sad.
Do you work for CPS or the Juvenile system? It is people with attitudes like you that allow this and past generations to realize there are NO consequences for their actions. Everyone is so intent on being politically correct, no child left behind, or handling these kids with kid gloves that they never truly learn what it takes to be productive, contributing members of society rather than the parasites that feed on it.

Yes, I was a witness to someone who was in the system. They are/were a master at manipulation, saying and doing the right things to play the game. Despite attempts to convince the system otherwise, they were suddenly "cured" when they turned 18 and terminated from any program. They are now back out on the street, having run away from all responsibility, lying to gain sympathy and stealing from those that tried to help them.

This is our future?

“30 minutes or less....”

Since: May 08

Mayfield

#15 Jan 22, 2009
This kind of story sickens me to no end... Why, Why, Why could she not talk to someone, anyone during her pregnancy about her options... As far as I'm concerned, they need to find the biological father of this child, and also give him a good dose of reality...
Amerie

Duncan, OK

#18 Jan 22, 2009
50s sitcom dad wrote:
This kind of story sickens me to no end... Why, Why, Why could she not talk to someone, anyone during her pregnancy about her options... As far as I'm concerned, they need to find the biological father of this child, and also give him a good dose of reality...
Well there are a lot of children who cannot talk openly about sex with their parents...Some parents are stuck in the 50's and would flip their lid if their child asked for condoms or birth control
Shaking my head

Kendallville, IN

#20 Jan 22, 2009
Amerie wrote:
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Well there are a lot of children who cannot talk openly about sex with their parents...Some parents are stuck in the 50's and would flip their lid if their child asked for condoms or birth control
Hell yes I would flip my lid if my teenage daughter came to me asking for birth control! If you think it's ok for teenagers to be screwing around that's your problem. As for me and my teenage kids, they are being taught proper behavior and self control instead of "do whatever you want, just avoid the consequences.

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Since: May 08

Mayfield

#21 Jan 22, 2009
Amerie wrote:
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Well there are a lot of children who cannot talk openly about sex with their parents...Some parents are stuck in the 50's and would flip their lid if their child asked for condoms or birth control
That is the worst excuse I think I've ever read.....

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Since: May 08

Mayfield

#22 Jan 22, 2009
Frank Lee wrote:
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Find the boilogical father? She probably can't narrow it down to a short list of suspects.
deoxyribonucleic acid test will narrow it down pretty quick....
Old Lady

Indianapolis, IN

#23 Jan 22, 2009
I got pregnant at 15 and yes, I was afraid to tell my mom. I didn't tell her till I was 6 months and that was because school was starting. And at time I still wished I hadn't considering the fireworks and pressures to abort or give up my child that followed. Don't say my mom should have known, she had never been pregnant and besides, I was good at covering up. Don't say she should have kept better watch over me. I was a straight A student and never went anywhere besides church, but still was able to cut school and do the do.

As a parent of a now 26 year old daughter, her dad and I have done the best we can but our children, just like we adults, choose to do what they/we want not believeing the rough consequences could happen to them/us. No, my daughter does not have any children but most of her friends do. She probably could have been pregnant, had an abortion and I not know it. I will never know everything about my children and probably don't want to. Did your parents know everything about you.

There are so many different things that could have happened to that young girl..... NONE OF US KNOW NOR HAVE WE WALKED IN HER SHOES.

Quit judging her or speculating about what happened, it's over and done with. Instead, get up off your duffs and help the youth so that this won't happen again...and THANK GOD that they are both safe!
Amerie

Duncan, OK

#24 Jan 22, 2009
Shaking my head wrote:
<quoted text> **** yes I would flip my lid if my teenage daughter came to me asking for birth control! If you think it's ok for teenagers to be screwing around that's your problem. As for me and my teenage kids, they are being taught proper behavior and self control instead of "do whatever you want, just avoid the consequences.
yep thats why your daughter would never come to you so you dont have to worry about that.Hopefully the by has condoms and she is smart enough to make him use one.
Amerie

Duncan, OK

#25 Jan 22, 2009
You people are naive if you think your children are saints and not participating in sexual activity its 2009 .you people better wake up!!!!1I have teenage nieces and nephews and they tell me about what goes on aat their schools all the time.( They both go to surburban schools one lives in a very small town)The new trend is to participate in oral sex because.They dont consider it sex .Parents need to talk their kids.

I would rather my daughter or son come to me and ask for birth control or condoms than end up pregnant or with AIDS.
Shaking my head

Kendallville, IN

#26 Jan 22, 2009
Amerie wrote:
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yep thats why your daughter would never come to you so you dont have to worry about that.Hopefully the by has condoms and she is smart enough to make him use one.
Your right. I don't have to worry about that because I do my job as a parent. I know where my daughter is and what she is doing at all times. She is 16 years old. Yes she has a boyfriend but she has yet to be on a date alone. There is always a parent or trusted adult present. This attitude people seem to have that says "its going to happen anyway so you might as well give them birth control" is nothing more than an excuse from a lazy worthless parent that's not willing to do their job.

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