25-year-old Cora Lynn Watkins has been arrested in Houston, Mississippi, for allegedly abandoning her newborn baby in a storage shed. She allegedly gave birth alone, left the baby wrapped in a blanket then returned to work. Luckily some children heard the baby crying. The article states that the kids got some family members but it’s unclear, to me at least, if they were Watkins’ family members. Either way the baby was taken to the hospital and at last report is doing well.
However this isn’t the first time that Watkins has done something like this. She was arrested back in 2010 for abandoning a baby at a Salvation Army. She received probation for that offense and was just released from probation last month. I doubt this time she’ll be so lucky.
It may have been a while since we discussed this but baby dumping like this is so unnecessary. All 50 states have Safe Haven laws where you can drop a newborn off safely with no questions asked. Specifically in Mississippi you can drop a newborn up to 3 days old at a hospital, adoption center, emergency room or EMS station.
Once again I have to ask are the safe haven laws so unknown that this keeps happening?
Last August 27-year-old Amanda Hein gave birth to a baby boy inside the bathroom stall of a Pennsylvania pub. Instead of, you know, trying to take care of the baby police allege that Hein placed the baby inside a trash bag that was used to line the bathroom’s trash can and then placed the baby in the toilet’s tank, before returning to her friends at the bar. Her attorney is now offering up the defense of Hein suffers from depression, self-mutilation and other mental problems. Shit, he’s not even trying postpartum depression, Just regular old depression.
Let’s stop right there. It’s no secret that I suffer from depression. I have since I was a child. I attempted suicide on multiple occasions. My depression has allowed me to do some pretty embarrassing things even as an adult but murder was never one of those things. I realize everyone’s depression and metal health is different but I refuse to buy that she hid her pregnancy and killed her baby because of depression. If you suffer from major depression you’re not exactly a social butterfly wherein you party with your friends at bars. The prosecution seems to agree with me…
“I think that it’s going to be admitted that she was pregnant, that she gave birth in that stall that she in fact suffocated this baby and killed it. I think that what we’re going to see in this case is some kind of mental health defense perhaps at best,” Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said during a November interview with WFMZ.
The prosecution is deadly serious too. They are seeking the death penalty against Hein. For Pennsylvania that’s pretty serious since the last person they executed was Philadelphia’s own Gary Heidnik who raped, tortured and killed several women in his house of horrors. Unfortunately that was 15 years ago under Governor Tom Ridge. Don’t hold your breath on seeing Hein strapped to a gurney.
Not only that but lawyers need to stop making it seem like any one with even the slightest mental health issue is a potential danger. This is one of the reasons why too many people are afraid to seek help for themselves.
In Reisertown, Maryland 21-year-old Rebecca Diane Himes is said to have delivered her baby at home and then proceeded to wrap the baby in a plastic bag and toss it from the 2nd story window of her home.
Luckily the baby landed in some bushes and was relatively unharmed.
The Breeder has not been named yet because she hasn’t been charged with a crime yet. Why the fuck not?
Himes mother said that she didn’t know her daughter was pregnant.
Supposedly Himes showed ‘deep concern’ about the baby’s condition after the incident.
I think it sounds more like she was showing deep concern if she was going to get arrested. It’s not like she accidentally shot the baby out of the window on delivery. If she had any real concern she would have gone and gotten pre-natal care.
I originally posted about Ashley Cox here. She is the 20-year-old Kentucky woman accused of dumping her newborn in a prison trash can. She was there visiting an inmate. She claims that she didn’t know she was pregnant and her family backs her up on this.
However I still don’t see even if by some miracle of stupidity she didn’t know she was pregnant what killing her baby had anything to do with that. Especially now that I have found out that Cox has been accused of not just dumping the baby in the trash can but also shoving toilet paper in the baby’s mouth in order to suffocate her.
20-year-old Ashley Cox was arrested for giving birth in the restroom of the Roederer Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky and dumping the newborn in the trash. She was there visiting a male inmate.
She told prison employees that she had a miscarriage however when she went to the hospital the staff there notified the prison that she gave birth. The coroner says that the baby was born alive.
To make matters worse after her arraignment her family made a statement…
“We were unaware of this pregnancy. And we strongly believe Ashley was unaware of it, too. We are not only in shock, but grieving this unexpected loss.”
Again I am hard pressed to believe that she didn’t know that she was pregnant and that is no excuse for murdering a newborn.
19-year-old Juana Perez Valencia (pictured) is accused of stuffing her newborn baby in a plastic bag then putting the baby in the dumpster of the restaurant she worked at in Stanton, California.
Police say the baby was born alive. Authorities became suspicious when Valencia went to the hospital to seek treatment but denied giving birth which prompted the staff to call police.
Just like the batterers I have to tell this ti the baby dumpers as well. The hospital knows when you are lying about giving birth. They are trained medical professionals and are much smarter than you. Not to mention the safe haven laws. You can drop the baby off at a safe haven no questions asked and no legal trouble will come to you.
19-year-old Alyna Gutierrez went to an ER in Lancaster, California. She claimed that she had just had a miscarriage and that she had flushed the remains down the toilet.
One of the doctors determined that by miscarriage she must have meant given birth. The doctor determined she was far too along to have miscarried.
While she was at the hospital Gutierrez’s mother found the baby in Gutierrez’s room wrapped in towels and stuffed in a cabinet. Luckily the baby has survived.
Gutierrez herself is being held on $1M bond.
This is another case where someone thinks that they’re smarter than a medical professional who went to school for 8 years to learn their craft. Not to mention the years they’ve probably put in practicing medicine. I don’t understand how people think that some lamebrain story they concoct will actually fool a doctor. Then again I would never dream of trying to kill a baby.