Baby Abandoned On The Steps Of A Church

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Police in eastern Kentucky are looking for the parents of a child found abandoned on the steps of a church.

The one to two day old infant was dropped off at the Catlettsburg First Church of the Nazarene.

Someone called 911 to report the baby being on the steps.

Police say had it not been for that call the infant probably would not have survived the warm weather.

The child's mother could face charges.

AP Story

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A newborn baby was abandoned on the steps on an eastern Kentucky church and a search continued for the mother, police said.

The infant was found on the steps of the Catlettsburg First Church of the Nazarene on Tuesday evening, Catlettsburg Police Chief Mark Plummer said. The boy, who was 1 or 2 days old, was taken to a local hospital and appeared to be doing well, Plummer said.

Authorities were alerted to the child through an anonymous 911 phone call, Plummer said.

The mother could face criminal charges since the child was left on the steps of an empty church in 90-degree-plus heat, Plummer said.

A state law that took effect in 2002 generally allows parents or people acting on their behalf to anonymously drop off newborns they cannot care for at selected "safe" locations, including hospitals or with EMS personnel, police officers or firefighters, without fear of criminal prosecution.

The goal of the law was to eliminate incidents of newborns being left in trash cans, public restrooms or other unsafe locations.

--- Information from: The Independent,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by UPSET Location: Louisville on Aug 13, 2007 at 06:16 AM
    Karen from Berea, I think you are just about as rattle brained as this poor excuse of a mother. She left a two day old baby at a empty church in 90-degree weather. Is this not child abuse? I think she should be locked away in a 90-degree room for a very, very long time. Let her see how in feels! She should never be allowed to see this baby again! And when she has more kids (which I'm sure she will) she should be sent to prison!! People like this don't deserves no mercy.
  • by Anonymous Location: Prestonsburg on Aug 12, 2007 at 11:24 AM
    Thank God, this mother had the compassion to leave the child where she would be found instead of murdering her. I would say also that she made the call and was close by watching over the baby. This woman needs help. I am just thankful that she had enough love, yes I said enough love for this baby to want better. Leaving the infant where she thought would be a safe place instead of a hot car or trash dump. Lets get this mother help. God Bless this baby.
  • by Informed Location: Lexington on Aug 12, 2007 at 04:51 AM
    In response to Karen from Berea... you can only drop a baby off if is less than 72 hours old with no questions asked. It also is only to be at government run locations (Police stations, Fire Dept, EMS stations, etc). Not to confuse her comment of "child" for those reading.
  • by kelly Location: waynesburg on Aug 11, 2007 at 01:25 PM
    news flash they arrested the girl who made the call based off a survailance camera near the payphone. only god knows whats going on in her life right now. i will pray for them all...
  • by dee Location: ky on Aug 11, 2007 at 08:45 AM
    I don,t know what this mother was going thur that caused her to leave her little one. But she showed that she has feelings by leaving her baby at a church. I believe she made the call and proably was watching when the baby was rescued. Don,t punish her for doing what she thought was best at this time. Punish the one who keep t
  • by pat Location: ky on Aug 10, 2007 at 09:46 PM
    I think we should all be thankful. the child is alive and was left at a shows the mother did not want to harm child/ it now has a chance for loving people who want to be parents and can.
  • by kat Location: kentucky on Aug 10, 2007 at 08:32 PM
    I have 2 daughters and got pregnant while on birth control with both. I believe this person thought a church was a safe place. I hope that the woman is found but instead of locking her up,I feel that she needs counseling. That had to be a hard decision on her part.
  • by SHP Location: Corbin on Aug 10, 2007 at 12:56 PM
    I would much rather read stories of this kind than the story on the murdered 2 year old in Richmond. If the mother didn't want or wasn't able to care for the baby then she did the right thing giving him up. She could have done it differently but the baby is safe and ok. Law enforcement needs to concentrate on tracking down drug dealers and sex offenders more than mothers dropping off babies and calling the police making sure they are found safe.
  • by Teresa Location: Harlan on Aug 10, 2007 at 08:47 AM
    Let me have it .I will raise it as my own.i will give it a good christine home.
  • by E's Mom Location: Richmond on Aug 10, 2007 at 06:53 AM
    This is the reason people do not take advantage of the law that enables them to take their child to a safe place. The media blows everything out of proportion and then allows the public to criticize the mother for what she has done. I'm glad the mother did give the child up if she didn't want it because at least this child has some sort of future now. Children are a gift from God and I dont always understand why God would give children to people that will not take care of them and not give children to those who will and are unable to have them, but that is not our choice. God has a reason for everything and only He knows why. Don't bash the mother for what she has done, at least she has helped this child. All you can do is pray for the child and his family that gave him up.
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