Mother Not Charged For Abandoning Baby

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A grand jury declined to indict an eastern Kentucky woman accused of abandoning her newborn on the step of a Catlettsburg church earlier this month.

The grand jury in Boyd County made it's decision in the case of 29-year-old Angela Dawn Brooks on Friday. Brooks had been charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and abandonment of a minor child.

Brooks was released from the Boyd County Detention Center, where she was being held on 50-thousand dollars bond, following the grand jury's decision.

Boyd Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice says the grand jury made the right decision.

Justice said Brooks acted on flawed advice she received from a social worker from West Virginia when she left her infant son at the church on the evening of August Seventh.


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  • by mel Location: lex on Aug 22, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    I don't like to be misquoted. I said "and did what she probably thought was in the child's best interest at that time." Was that the right thing to do, in my opinion? Absolutely not. Was that what she thought was the right thing to do at the time? Apparently so. Factually, she consulted a social worker; left the baby at a church as she was told was ok; and called 911 to assure the baby was found promptly. There are many, many parents who are "dumb" or uneducated and maybe not as savvy as we perceive ourselves to be, but that doesn't make them deserve or not deserve children. It's really not people like us letting them off at all. It was the grand jury, sanctioned by the commonwealth attorney: people who heard the whole story and made a decision based on those facts. And for the record....there's nothing wrong with me that anyone needs to worry about, but thanks :)
  • by D Location: CORBIN on Aug 21, 2007 at 10:58 PM
    TO REASON.....I KNOW THE LAW AND I MYSELF AM NOT ABOVE IT....NOR BELOW IT. IF THE WOMAN WAS DUMB ENOUGH TO CALL WEST VIRGINIA FOR ADVISE AND NOT THE STATE THAT SHE RESIDES IN SHE DOES NOT DESERVE THE KIDS ANY WAY. IT IS INSTANCES SUCH AS THESE THAT KEEP THESE PEOPLE HAVING BABIES AND MAKING EXCUSES FOR THERE STUPIDITY. IT IS ALSO PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT LET THEM OFF WITH NOTHING BUT A.....PLEASE DON'T DO IT AGAIN. THATS WHY THERE IS SO MUCH CHILD NEGLECT GOING ON IN THE US TODAY NO PUNISHMENT FOR WHAT IS DONE. MEL FROM LEX I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT YOU SAID SHE WAS DOING WHAT SHE THOUGHT WAS RIGHT....SHE LEFT THE BABY OUTSIDE AND IT 100 DEGREES.....WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!!! ALSO A NOTE TO BRAD.......AMEN.... YOU MY FRIEND ARE A TRUE WORKING MAN AND HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE SO CALLED SYSTEM...AS WELL AS I!!
  • by sue Location: london on Aug 21, 2007 at 10:12 AM
    Brad, I am with you on this. Why would they get out and work, when they have US to pick up the tab for them each and every month out of our pay checks that we earn. Why on earth would you go to work if you go stay home and have everything paid for!! For those of us that work we can't get any help at all. What makes me so mad is they don't work but they drive better cars than we do. There homes cost more than ours. AND YET WE PAY FOR EVERTHING THEY HAVE!!!!! HOW FAIR IS THIS!!! AND THE SAD THING ABOUT IT WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING TO STOP IT!!!!!
  • by Karen Location: Nicholasville on Aug 21, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    Mel in Lex, I am actually married and that is why I brought that up because I have been asked both times that I had a baby. They don't come straight out and say, hey do you want to give your child up for adoption, but you have the option on the paperwork that they give you. I bet it was on your paperwork as well. I am not saying that she didn't try to do the right thing, but she doesn't need to have any children if she is not competent enough to call the right state to check their laws. If she called West Virginia then she needed to make sure that she dropped the baby off in West Virginia. This is just absurd.
  • by mel Location: lex on Aug 21, 2007 at 07:54 AM
    I'm with VofR on this one, as the mother does appear to have sought help and been misdirected, and who knows what might have led to her mental condition at the time; we might never know. The bottom line is that she did seek help and did what she probably thought was in the child's best interest at that time. This is NOT like the druggie that left her kid on the courthouse steps to go get high, and didn't remember where she left her. I understand what Brad is saying, too, and have witnessed this baby-making pay off way too many times.
  • by Brad Location: London on Aug 21, 2007 at 07:16 AM
    Folks, its our welfare system. Yesterday I was in the drug store..a lady in her late 40s..her daugher looked like she was 13 or 14...pregnant. Her Medicaid card was out of date and her cost was less than $6..since her card would not pay...she refused the medication. The mother had some prescriptions and she was on Medicare..had been on Medicare for over a year..she refused her medication cause it was $22. There appeared to be no physical problems with either one of them. If the goverment pays girls to have babies....wouldnt you stay home and do it and draw a big check rather than get your _ss out of bed and go to work. They both was dressed to the hilt..with more gold on their bodies than Mr. T. They was driving a SUV that appeared only a couple of years old. God bless those kids that come into this world under these condition...we treat our dogs and cats more humanly than some of these helpless children. The guys are just as guilty by not protecting their partner.
  • by voice Location: reason on Aug 21, 2007 at 07:02 AM
    I know I'm going to get a lot of comments for this, but here goes anyway. I know its hard for all of you lawyers who have commented here to believe (I assume you are all lawyers because you believe you know the law so well) but there are some people who are not as smart as you and there are some people who don't know exactly what to do. That's why they call and ask what to do. She called, although the wrong state, and asked where she could safely and LEGALLY drop-off her baby under the state's safe haven law. She was given West Virginia's safe haven law because that's the state she called. Yes, she and the older child should be monitored, but at least she tried to do the right thing. I don't want her arrested, I want her to get help because she clearly needs it. I'm sure all of you arm-chair lawyers have never done anything wrong...ever drive over the speed limit?? Then you are taking the lives of all other drivers around you into your hands. Glass houses and stones, people.
  • by mel Location: lex on Aug 21, 2007 at 06:10 AM
    Hard to believe that we've gotten to a point where it is routine to ask mothers if they want to keep their babies. I'm assuming it's only single mothers they're asking...I would have been wholly offended if they had asked my husband and me if we wanted to keep our children.
  • by Karen Location: Nicholasville on Aug 21, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    To mel in lex, I checked with some of my friends and cousins that have just had babies and they asked them the same thing, whether or not you have considered adoption. When they asked me, I WAS SHOCKED! I thought that the nurse was joking because I could not believe that they ask that. I guess they would have to now though after all of the stuff that has been going on. It is a shame.
  • by Connie Location: Frankfort on Aug 21, 2007 at 04:18 AM
    I agree with the grand jury. At least this child was not killed and put in a trash can. I hope the baby will be placed in a loving home. As for the older child, I believe that social services should monitor this woman very closely.
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