Mother Who Left Disabled Daughter Won't Face Charges

Girl is 19; she was ditched in another state
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2012 4:25 PM CDT
Mother Who Left Disabled Daughter Won't Face Charges
A photo of Lynn Cameron provided by Caryville, Tenn., police. She was 'Jane Doe' when it was first released.   (Caryville Police Department)

(Newser) – A mother who abandoned her mentally disabled daughter at a bar in a different state will not be charged with a crime. Because the daughter is 19, she is legally an adult, and her mother does not have legal guardianship over her, reports MSNBC. The mother, Eva Cameron, drove from her home near Chicago to Tennessee, dropped off daughter Lynn in a bar alone, and then drove back home. The teen has the mental capacity of a toddler.

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After the incident, Tennessee's department of child services took custody of the girl, and it took days for them to identify her. A bus driver for developmentally disabled kids recognized a photo distributed by police, and cops then contacted her mom. "The mother comes here yesterday and says, 'I don't want her. Do what you want to with her,'" says the police chief in Caryville, Tenn. Lynn is now in the custody of Tennessee's adult protective services. (Read more Eva Cameron stories.)

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