Woman gets prison for discarding baby...

Woman gets prison for discarding baby in trash

There are 13 comments on the MassLive.com story from Mar 29, 2007, titled Woman gets prison for discarding baby in trash. In it, MassLive.com reports that:

“This phenomenon of mothers putting newborns in Dumpsters is frighteningly common.”

A Hampden Superior Court judge today asked 23-year-old Amanda J. Harris, "Do you understand you had an obligation to that child as a mother?" A sobbing Harris said quietly, "Yes." Harris, of Westfield, pleaded ... via MassLive.com

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Amelia Janovsky

Canton, MI

#1 Apr 10, 2007
How could someone do that to baby? How could someone put up with the guilt of leaving a baby in the trash? If I did that I would confess immediately and tell them why I did it.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Bell, CA

#2 Apr 19, 2007
Amelia Janovsky wrote:
How could someone do that to baby? How could someone put up with the guilt of leaving a baby in the trash? If I did that I would confess immediately and tell them why I did it.
It is amazing how a mother could look into their newborns eyes and decided to "dump" him or her. If she has a heart, she'll have to live with that forever.
Very sad that she didn't explore giving it up for adoption...
Can't imagine what she was thinking.

Since: Apr 07

Englewood, CO

#3 Apr 23, 2007
I hope she's in jail for life - how terrible.
John

United States

#4 Apr 25, 2007
Hello, people! This is a matter of CHOICE! What part of CHOICE don't you get? Read the whole article. This woman was raped! Don't most of us agree that if a woman is raped she shouldn't have to live a life of seeing the face of the rapist in the child every day, hating that child as a result? Isn't that what being pro-choice is all about?

Cece

Manchester, MA

#5 Apr 25, 2007
No one would ask her to keep a child she didn't want. There are safe places to leave a child now, and so very many families who want to adopt one.
jackie

Westfield, MA

#7 Apr 29, 2007
John wrote:
Hello, people! This is a matter of CHOICE! What part of CHOICE don't you get? Read the whole article. This woman was raped! Don't most of us agree that if a woman is raped she shouldn't have to live a life of seeing the face of the rapist in the child every day, hating that child as a result? Isn't that what being pro-choice is all about?
Hello, John! What part of CHOICE don't you get? She had a Choice, Leave the baby at a Safe Haven, or dump the baby in a dumpster. Obviously, she made the wrong choice, and now she will have to pay the consequences.
lma

Chicopee, MA

#8 Aug 17, 2007
John wrote:
Hello, people! This is a matter of CHOICE! What part of CHOICE don't you get? Read the whole article. This woman was raped! Don't most of us agree that if a woman is raped she shouldn't have to live a life of seeing the face of the rapist in the child every day, hating that child as a result? Isn't that what being pro-choice is all about?
John,
Rape or not there was a time she could of had an abortion. A choice due to circumstances (rape).
Time passes......the baby has grown; after 23 weeks a baby is viable to live outside the body.
New law.....even if she decided not to keep the baby...she could of EASILY taken the baby to a police station, or any hospital.
IF SHE DID THIS.....SHE WOULD NOT HAVE ANY CRIMINAL CHARGE.....AT ALL!
Its the law....

Many people don't realize this.
Yvette

Granby, MA

#9 Sep 17, 2007
John wrote:
Hello, people! This is a matter of CHOICE! What part of CHOICE don't you get? Read the whole article. This woman was raped! Don't most of us agree that if a woman is raped she shouldn't have to live a life of seeing the face of the rapist in the child every day, hating that child as a result? Isn't that what being pro-choice is all about?
Absolutly not, the baby is not at fault.
amanda HArris

Sterling, MA

#10 Dec 14, 2011
Its funny how you holes can talk shit about me.. i have an open adoption and am out of jail you freaking idoits you have any thing to say to me email me at [email protected]
keri

United States

#11 Jun 13, 2013
amanda HArris wrote:
Its funny how you holes can talk shit about me.. i have an open adoption and am out of jail you freaking idoits you have any thing to say to me email me at [email protected]
I have something to say.
What you read where suggestions to a better choice.
By your comment you can tell you learned nothing. Im not talking shit. It would of been humbling to me. Your not the victim!
Unreal

Conklin, NY

#12 Jun 14, 2013
Sad
Amanda Harris

Ware, MA

#13 Jan 9, 2014
they didn't have enough proof to keep me in jail and it is an open adoption. I was told full out if I wasn't going to jail I would of gotten my son back.. I am sure you all have past your not proud of so don't be judging me.. so what if I have another baby its not your decision on what I do with my life.. I learned to stick up for myself.. my son being adopted is enough pain to deal with ... I am therapy for the situation . so dish out what comments you all want
Disgusted1

Belchertown, MA

#14 Mar 9, 2016
Amanda Harris wrote:
they didn't have enough proof to keep me in jail and it is an open adoption. I was told full out if I wasn't going to jail I would of gotten my son back.. I am sure you all have past your not proud of so don't be judging me.. so what if I have another baby its not your decision on what I do with my life.. I learned to stick up for myself.. my son being adopted is enough pain to deal with ... I am therapy for the situation . so dish out what comments you all want
I know your mother did this. Stop covering for her.

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