ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOX)-Police say it’ll be at least a week before they seek charges against the 19-year-old west St. Louis County woman who abandoned her newborn baby in an Ellisville yard Thursday morning. Detectives say they will conduct further interviews after she gets out of the hospital, which is expected next week.
Meanwhile police tell us the baby, nicknamed “Baby Chuck” after the officer who found him, is doing well.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of Birthright Counseling St. Louis tells KMOX women who may be tempted to abandon their child have a lot of options, including finding a “safe place” to leave the child.
Cathy Brand says a parent can legally leave a child under one year old at one of several ‘safe place’ locations, “Any hospital, fire station, police station, any Quick Trip, a lot of other organizations have the “Safe Place” sign posted.”
Brand says while many women have issues early on in their pregnancy, that is not always the case, “Some of our women come in a little bit later in their pregnancy and they might be struggling financially or in an abusive relationship. They might not want to upset their schooling or their work.”
Brand says that while it’s often hard to tell if a woman would abandon a newborn, there are a couple of things that might provide hints, “See if she is showing signs of depression and not preparing for the baby.”
Brand says if there is any reason for concern, there is nothing to lose by seeking counseling.
Click here to go to Birthright Counseling’s website.
To see previous story on “Baby Chuck” click here.
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