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Abandoned Newborn Found In Toilet Could Move to Adoption Quickly

Greenville Times

February 08, 2011

Greenville police investigators are reviewing Bi-Lo Center surveillance video in hopes it will lead to the person who left a newborn boy in the cold water of a ladies’ room toilet about the time a circus performance was winding down, authorities said.

“There were certainly a large number of people at the Bi-Lo Center that night, so it’s going to be a difficult task,” Sgt. Jason Rampey said.

Detectives believe the baby was abandoned as Friday’s show was ending or when crowds were leaving the arena, Rampey said. An employee found the child suffering from hypothermia about 90 minutes to two hours later, he said.

Police are hoping the mother will step forward or that someone will speak up about a formerly pregnant woman who can’t account for her baby.

If no parents are identified, “The child could move fairly quickly through termination of parental rights and into adoption,” said Virginia Williamson, general counsel for the state Department of Social Services.

If police find the parents, DSS would have the option of trying through Family Court to keep custody, she said.

“There may be some faultless father out there — we just don’t know,” she said.

The agency would have to prove grounds for terminating parental rights before the child could be adopted, Williamson said.

Officers took the child into emergency protective custody when they responded to the arena, Rampey said. The boy was in critical condition when he was taken to Greenville Hospital System Children’s Hospital, Rampey said.

The hospital has declined to release an updated condition, citing a federal health law.

Eleven children were released or abandoned under “Daniel’s Law” from 2006 through 2010, according to Marilyn Matheus, a DSS spokeswoman.

“Daniel’s Law” permits parents or someone acting on their behalf to surrender a newborn less than 30 days old without threat of prosecution, provided the baby hasn’t suffered child abuse.

Newborns can be turned over at safe havens, such as hospitals, police stations, fire departments and places of worship that are staffed when the child is surrendered.

The child found at the Bi-Lo Center wouldn’t meet the Daniel’s Law criteria, Matheus said.

  • Back_off____1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Poor little guy! How could someone do that???!!! Bad start in life; but hope he has long and happy life from now on!!!

  • Walther_ppk_pic_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Tough start for the little guy..... I'll be praying for the little fella to pull through and have a long and happy life.

  • 165_max50


    over 3 years ago


    God looked out for this fella. Just think some couple out there who cannot conceive a child of their own will take this sweetheart and raise him as their own. They will love him unconditionally and be the support he needs. Mother/Father will suffer for the rest of their lives, always wondering. . .

  • Me_callie08172010_max50


    over 3 years ago


    USLawman1983 - I still find every single one of these types of stories shocking. Its even more shocking today considering all the available resources for women or young girls. I pray they find this mother and prosecute her for Attempted Murder.

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I agree with UncleDennis! This newborn could of died. A hospital or orphanage is a million times better place than a toilet!

  • White_shirt_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This piece of human crap could have left this child at a number of places. Find her and prosecute.

  • 2011_range_day_2-19-10_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This kind of thing is not as shocking as it once was. Part of the societal breakdown I suppose.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Bump Jonas.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 3 years ago


    All my prayers for the little guy. Even if "mom" is never found, God knows who and where she is. He will bring her to justice either in this life or the one to come.

  • 100_1750_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This more baby is better off. Who knows what the mother would have done to this poor baby.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Poor baby! Praying for your health and a good long life. It is beyond comprehension how someone could do this to their child!

  • Gods_team_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The mother and father should be sterilized when found.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This is awful. My prayers that the baby recovers fully. What happened to instincts to protect your child? Sheesh, animals have better instincts than some of these human beings.

  • Littlegirltongue_max50


    over 3 years ago


    what amazes me is that mothers like this take a precious life and the ability to carry this precious life for granted when so many of us hoped against hope to become parents.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    It will never cease to amaze me how low and totally worthless some human scum can be.

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