Young Mom Who Left Baby in the Middle of the Road Because She 'Couldn't Cope' Is Spared Jail
A York Crown Court showed leniency on a 26-year-old mother after she dumped her baby in the road and got sent to a rehabilitation center instead of receiving a custodial sentence.
It was on a cold November night last year when Alex Wilson accidentally spotted the black carrier that got left about 3 feet into the road around 8:30 pm.
It was freezing out, and when they lifted the blanket, they saw a baby boy dressed only in a baby grow.
CCTV footage showed how the mother placed the carrier, with her son inside, at the junction before she walked away, mere minutes before Alex discovered him. When police later found her, she looked “pale, unwell and crying.”
Her initial sentence of eight months got suspended and got ordered by the judge to enter a 30-day rehabilitation programme and added:
“You did something that was unimaginable to any parent. It was only due to the care of Mr. Wilson that the carrier seat was recovered and no harm came to (the baby) but it could have been so, so different.”
Back on American soil, a similar incident occurred on February 28 when 29-year-old Elizabeth Newnam from Maryland got charged with abandoning her 18-month-old baby on the side of the road.
Thankfully the motorist stopped to have a look and spotted the abandoned, injured baby, who got taken to a nearby hospital shortly after.
The investigation is ongoing and she got charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and driving under the influence.
Her five children got left to fend for themselves over several days while she left the older children in charge, with the oldest being 12 and the youngest only five months old.