DCFS Desires to
Return Baby to Mother Who Stuffed Him in Plastic Bag
News Item 3 for 9/28/03
A Utah woman who gave birth to
her son in a toilet, then stuffed him in a plastic bag and
left him, was sentenced to only 30 days in jail on Friday.
And we now learn that DCFS is working to reunite her with the
Third district judge Royal
Hansen, who was
nominated to the bench by Governor Leavitt and approved
the the Utah State Senate, made the decision. The
defense attorney, Robert Archuleta, stated:
"Under the totality of
circumstances, the case warrants mercy. This offense was
really due to negligence, not recklessness."
This story presents a horrific
contrast to mothers like Stephanie Mair and Lisa Bierly who
attended a demonstration held on
the same day of the court case and who have been
mercilessly stripped of their parental rights for a "messy
home" and for no fault or wrongdoing at all.
who stuffed newborn in bag gets 30 days in jail," Linda
Thomson, Deseret News, September 27, 2003.
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