Fetus Found in Millville, NJ Cumberland County Fairgrounds

@gwoman2 (712)
United States
May 6, 2008 7:51am CST
Too close for comfort! I live 5 minutes away from Millville. A cleanup crew discovered a baby boy yesterday morning in a rest room at the CC Fairgrounds. The body of the baby was dumped inside the water tank of a toilet! They are trying to determine whether the baby was full term or a dead infant. Race could not be determined. An autopsy should be in progress as I type. This on the heels of our annual Cinco De Mayo celebration! According to a defense attorney, the criminal liability in cases like this revolve around whether the fetus was killed or still born. If it was still born the "mother" could be charged with mishandling of a corpse if not homocide... In Cumberland County we have the highest incidences of teen pregnancies, but whether the teen is 11 or 17 they have a choice, a choice that is theirs and theirs alone because the law states that a parent or parents CANNOT advise, sway, or have anything to do with the decision process! It is totally up to the individual "child"...which I think is a crock of crap. Seriously, how can an 11, 12, 13, or even 14,or 15 year old make such an important decision? What do you think? ~G~
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7 responses
6 May 08
Oh, that's a great idea; lets start a man-hunt for a woman, probably a girl, who is alone, frightened and just gave birth without any help. Lets prosecute her and send her to prison instead of getting her the help she so desperately needs... Authorities can be so... heartless. I think the law is there to prevent parents from forcing their girls to either abort or continue a pregnancy, not to prevent them from helping her in whatever decision she takes... it just hasn't worked out that way. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, as they say. The law here is forward thinking and open. Unfortunately the rest of the law and society are not. The girl has been given the chance to make her own choice, but she is not being given the support and guidance she needs to make a decision. This is a major problem and can only result in many more such incidences. If this was a stillborn, perhaps of a wanted pregnancy them there is a woman out there that just lost a baby... she may also be frightened and alone. Maybe she hasn't even told the father. Again; care, support and guidance, not prosecution.
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@Hatley (157679)
• Garden Grove, California
7 May 08
little kids having babies is so awful and so common its frightening. I know in most towns a teen or young woman who does not want her baby can take it to a hospital or a fire station and there will be no criminal liabilitybut if she just dumps it like garbage because she is scared sick she is then becoming a criminal.Andso many times the parents will not help the teen so the teen is so to speak abandoned.its a bad situation all the way around. I think in families that areclose knit the teens do not turn to boys too young as their needs for love are met in their own families.the girls that are at odds with their moms fare so much worse and turn to boys for the love that their parents should be giving them.
@mikeysmom (2094)
• United States
6 May 08
i heard about this this morning on the radio while i was taking my son to school. there are so many people who want children but cannot have them for whatever reason. this is just sad and just a sign of the crazy times we live in. everyday i get more and more disgusted by what i hear goes on in the news.
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@jamie08 (430)
• United States
6 May 08
i cant believe you could just dump your baby like that! And i have to agree with you i dont think a child of those ages can make an important decision like that because they dont even know what they are getting themselves into. I think parents should have all right to be able to have a say so in what happens. gosh i still cant believe they just dumped the baby like that.
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• Atlantic City, New Jersey
6 May 08
Such a shame that today's youth (if it was a youth) think that they must resort to such morbid options about childbirth instead of seeking the appropriate help (which is out there). The only thing I can say is that this person will have to live with the decision made for the rest of their life- very sad!
@TriciaW (2442)
• United States
6 May 08
First that is awful that this happened. As for if they can make their own choices I agree with you. I know I have daughters at 13 and 15 and in no way are they mature enough to know what to do with their own life let alone a baby. I am lucky in the fact that my children are very open with me so I wouldn't have to worry but can not imagine being a parent with a child that is expecting and not have a say in what happens.
• Philippines
6 May 08
The world is getting crazier as each day passes. I'll light a candle and say a prayer for the baby tonight.
7 May 08
But not the mother? My heart goes out to her just as much as the infant. The poor girl, no matter her age, is probably terrified, utterly ashamed and guilt ridden... she needs our support too.
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