Mother of boy abandoned at hospital found after relatives call authorities

December 04, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police have found the mother of a 3-year-old boy who was abandoned at Sinai Hospital on Monday with a note pleading for help, and city prosecutors are deciding whether criminal charges should be filed.

The 20-year-old mother is a student at the Woodland Job Corps Center in Anne Arundel County, a federal program designed to )) teach work skills to disadvantaged teen-agers and young adults.

Police said they found the woman yesterday after relatives called authorities when they saw the story on television and in a paper.

Charges against the woman, whom police did not identify, could include child abandonment and child abuse, but police said the state's attorney's office wants to interview her again today before taking action.

"She was trying to get help for her baby," said police spokeswoman Agent Ragina L. Cooper. "She wasn't trying to harm the child. Perhaps she may have been overwhelmed by her responsibilities."

A Sinai worker found the child wandering the hospital lobby Monday afternoon. He had a note that said: "Please take me to my daddy. Something is wrong with my mommy. I need help."

The note also contained a man's name and a phone number. Police said the man was the mother's former husband, but not the child's father.

The child, whom a Sinai social worker described as well-nourished and in good health, will be placed in foster care.

Pub Date: 12/04/96

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