20-year-old Ciara Craig of Metairie, Louisiana has been charged with first degree murder for dumping her newborn daughter into Lake Pontchartrain.
As is almost usual in these cases Craig was hiding the pregnancy from her family. Reports say that the baby was the product of a one night stand and that she wanted to get an abortion but was too far along in the pregnancy. She supposed had received counseling on other alternatives but it’s unknown how much she knew about Louisiana’s safe haven laws.
She turned herself into police on her family’s urging. Too little too late if you ask me but I digress.
Here’s where you may want to look away because the rest of the details aren’t pretty. As a matter of fact it’s nstories like this that make want to quit writing about crime.
Craig told police that when she dumped the baby into the lake she could feel the baby’s heartbeat and that it was still breathing. Police received a tip from a neighbor that they noticed something suspicious being thrown in a trashcan. When police investigated they found the placenta.
According to the MSNBC article here’s what the La. safe haven law is…
Under the law, a baby up to 31 days old may be left at any emergency care facility, such as a hospital or police station. The baby cannot be left unattended and must show no signs of abuse or neglect.
First off if it was too late to get an abortion how about giving the baby up for adoption? I get comments from families all the time who say they have room in their life for another child.
Another thing I don’t get is the whole hiding the pregnancy thing. What’s the worst that could happen. Barring any extreme circumstances the most that would happen is that your parents throw you out. That’s a hell of a lot better than a dead baby and spending the rest of your life or being killed in prison.
Lastly in this day and age who doesn’t know about safe haven laws?
As I’m apt to say at one of my other sites as a society humanity doesn’t deserve to exist.
Thanks to Kathy for the tip.