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Baby Boy Found Abandoned in Car Seat

He was found outside Milwaukee home at 2:30am

(Newser) - Milwaukee police are looking for the family of a baby boy who was found alone in a car seat in the middle of the night in a residential area. Sgt. Sheronda Grant says investigators believe they have identified the child and his parents and are trying to locate them. The... More »

Father Abandons Newborn in California Parking Lot

Teen faces charges including child endangerment

(Newser) - A newborn was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after his teenage father abandoned him in a Northern California strip-mall parking lot, police say. The father, Daniel Mitchell, 18, drove into the lot in Suisun City on Monday, removed a car seat holding the 16-day-old boy, put it on the... More »

Cops: Mother Deliberately Left Toddler Behind at Store

Chiengkham Vilaysane is under arrest

(Newser) - On a rare occasion, a busy mom may forget to load her kid into the car along with her groceries. But "in my whole career I have never seen anything where out-of the blue someone [deliberately] leaves their kid in a crowded grocery store," an officer tells Fox... More »

Baby Ditched at SF State in 1984 Just Graduated From There

Jillian Sobol, now 31, was found in a box

(Newser) - A newborn abandoned in a box in a San Francisco State University dorm in 1984 just came full circle—by graduating from the same school. The San Francisco Chronicle relays the story of Jillian Sobol, now 31, whose biological mom, a student at SFSU, gave birth and left the infant... More »

Cops: Mother of Newborn Buried Alive Found, Arrested

Calif. woman could face attempted murder charge

(Newser) - Police in Los Angeles County have found the woman they were looking for in the heartbreaking case of a newborn found buried alive under rubble in Compton the day after Thanksgiving. Investigators, who had called for the woman to come forward, announced Sunday night that the woman had been identified... More »

Cops: Mom Left 2 Kids in Food Court During Interview

But Laura Browder says children were 30 yards away, always in her line of sight

(Newser) - A 24-year-old mother was arrested Wednesday on charges of child abandonment after police say she left her 2-year-old and 6-year-old in a Houston mall food court while she was on a job interview, Click2Houston reports. But Laura Browder says the kids were always in her line of sight and that... More »

Coming to Indiana: Drop Boxes for Babies?

Rep. Casey Cox says bill could curb child abandonment

(Newser) - Newborn incubators, or baby boxes, could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches, and selected nonprofits under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. Indiana could be the first state to allow use of the baby boxes on... More »

Parents Left Kids in Cold Car to Go to Wine Tasting: Cops

DC couple says they were monitoring their 2 toddlers with an iPhone

(Newser) - Two DC parents were arrested over the weekend after police say they left their two toddlers locked in a car while they attended a wine-tasting at a posh restaurant, the Washington Post reports. Cops say they received a call about the kids on Saturday afternoon and found the 22-month-old boy... More »

Family: Mom Who Dumped Baby 'Really Needs Help'

At court hearing, Dabbs rants against Jay-Z

(Newser) - The family of the 20-year-old woman accused of abandoning her baby at a New York City subway station on Monday had no idea she was even in New York. Frankea Dabbs has had a troubled life involving drugs and prostitution, relatives tell the New York Times , but she had promised... More »

Newborn Baby Found in Trash

Baby boy is alive

(Newser) - A newborn baby boy was found alive inside a plastic shopping bag in Jersey City yesterday. Doctors estimate the baby was born 11 weeks premature and weighs only 3 pounds. He was discovered by a group of teenagers in a pile of trash behind an apartment building, reports WABC . "... More »

Twist in Tale of Baby 'Found' on Hawaiian Beach

Woman who reported baby abandoned revealed to be its mother

(Newser) - News that an abandoned baby had been found on a beach in Hawaii (read the original account by the AP ) has taken a surprising twist: The woman who reported finding the newborn alone and crying on Honolulu's Sandy Beach on Sunday night is actually the baby's mother,... More »

Whoops: Shoplifting Mom, Aunt Flee Cops, Ditch Baby

Allison Niemeyer accused of leaving son at Walmart after robbery attempt

(Newser) - Allison Niemeyer's first bad decision was allegedly plotting to rob a Walmart. Her second bad decision was bringing her baby along. But the third was truly the charm: Seems the Florida 19-year-old and her sister, 22, are accused of stuffing some clothes into the infant's diaper bag Friday,... More »

Mom Busted for Abandoning Daughters, 5 and 3

Girls found wandering on busy Brooklyn street

(Newser) - A 26-year-old mother was arrested last night after allegedly abandoning her two little girls on a Brooklyn street, the New York Post reports. Dominae, 5, and Dioni, 3, were found yesterday afternoon wandering near a busy intersection, dressed in coats and UGG boots and holding extra diapers. "Mommy just... More »

Family Abandons Son With Dead Sister

They flee to Mexico, leaving toddler's body

(Newser) - A family has fled back home to Mexico with their three biological children, abandoning their adopted 4-year-old son in their house with his dead toddler sister, according to law enforcement authorities. The girl's body showed signs of extreme trauma when it was found in a southern California home, said police.... More »

Haitian Parents Abandon Kids in Droves

Earthquake's devastation the last straw for many

(Newser) - The catastrophic earthquake that left at least 1.3 million Haitians homeless was the final straw for families that could barely afford to feed their children before. Now with aid dwindling, Haitian families are abandoning their children in skyrocketing numbers in the hope of offering them a better life—a... More »

Couple Held for Ditching Hungry Kids at Italy Pizzeria

(Newser) - A German couple has been detained in Italy for abandoning their three hungry kids at a pizzeria, reports Der Spiegel. The poverty-stricken young parents, found in a forest outside the town of Aosta, said they didn't know what else to do. The parents had left behind their car and a... More »

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