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West Jordan mom accused of abandoning 8-year-old son at hospital

WEST JORDAN, Utah -- A West Jordan mom is facing child abuse charges after dropping off her 8-year-old son at a hospital with a note saying she didn’t want him anymore.

It took place at the Jordan Valley Medical Center on Feb. 21. The woman left the child with nothing but the clothes on his back and a note which read: This kid is rude and ungovernable! I do not want him in my house at all!

"I don't think I'm necessarily a bad mother. I got more like overwhelmed," said the mom. FOX 13 News is not using her name in order to protect the child's identity.

Salt Lake City District Attorney Sim Gill said there are resources available for parents in these situations. He said what this woman did was not acceptable.

"Whether you physically abuse a child or you abandon a child it can have physical scarring or emotional scarring so those are all great concerns for vulnerable children who are not in a position to protect themselves," Gill said.

The mother was charged with child abandonment and child abuse. Court documents state the boy told hospital staff that his mom hit him with a spoon, leaving a bruise on his arm.

The mom denies hitting her son. She said she had recently separated with her husband, and was left alone to care for all four of their children. She couldn't handle her son all by herself.

"He was calling me names, he was calling me the B word, he was pulling his pants down in public," said the mom.

The boy was placed in foster care while the mother and father have since gotten back together. The mom has been visiting her son, and said she wants him back and he wants to come back.

If convicted this woman faces up to six years in prison.

33 comments

  • Anotherbob

    Sounds like she should have walked in with a note explaining what a terrible parent she was.

  • Not a Bob

    I do not understand why this mother is in trouble. No, she shouldn’t have hit her son with a spoon and caused a bruise. But all I can think of are children like Ethan Stacy, who would be so much better off if their mothers had dropped THEM off at a hospital. Doesn’t this state have safe havens where parents can leave their children? I know we have them for babies. This woman shouldn’t be in trouble. She should be thanked for at least trying to bring other adults into a situation where she was losing control with her child.

    • Tuffenuff

      I Have to say unfortunately I agree with not a bob it’s horrible that at any age a mother could walk away from their child but it could have been so much worse. At least she had the right mind to take him somewhere safe.

    • Evie

      I agree, at least she didn’t wait until she couldn’t take it anymore and end his life. I live in South Carolina where Susan Smith Rolled her kids off in a lake strapped in their car seats and left them there for 9 days before she confessed. I feel that this over whelmed mother did all she knew to do at the time so that her child would be safe.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        Susan Smith, a married woman, drowned her children because her boy friend, Tom Findley, did not want children. It is highly unusual for an 8-year old child to be calling his mother the B word. There is more to this story than liberal minded feminists want to admit.

  • Finny Wiggen

    Give me that baby! I will love him!!

    I already have seven, but there is room for more. Every child deserves to be cherished. I don’t care what your issues are, as a parent, you have an absolute duty and obligation to love your little ones. You are their entire world.

    They have no other parents! You are it. This woman is vile!

    • maybemaybenotBob

      Finny, I agree with you that every child should be cherished, but maybe this woman was fufilling her obligation by recognizing she had to remedy the situation. Somtimes children can be very, very trying, some people do not have the capacity to give these type of children the love and support that they need and deserve.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        Can you comprehend how terrifying it would be for an 8-year boy to have his mother tell him she didn’t want him anymore and then abandon him at some local hospital?

        It’s nice that you agree every child should be cherished MAYBEMAYBENOTBOB. It is even nicer that you could excuse the criminal behavior of this so called mom.

  • Mel

    Sad thing is, the child is old enough to read the note. He won’t forget this. He gets to live with it for the rest of his life. I see a long, sad road ahead for him. This woman gave up her rights. Find him a real family to love. Please

  • saddoll

    Chill out everyone-this mother did what she thought was right…..by taking him to a safe place. YES -THIS STATE DOES HAVE A SAFE HAVEN LAW- I AM NOT AWARE OF OF ANY AGE LIMITS TO IT –BUT THAT LAW STATES THAT IF YOU FEEL YOU MIGHT ABUSE YOUR CHILD (MAYBE SAYS BABY OR TODDLER) YOU CAN TAKE THEM INTO ANY HOSPITAL OR POLICE STATION ETC… AND LEAVE YOUR CHILD THERE. NO QUESTIONS ASKED – NO PROSECUTION – NOTHING. IF THEY PROCEED TO CHARGE HER WITH CHILD ABUSE AND ABANDONMENT… CONGRATULATIONS TO SLC AND SLC COUNTY- YOU WILL HAVE THE BLOOD OF MURDERED AND ABUSED AND ABANDONED CHILDREN ON YOUR HANDS.YOU HAVE JUST INSURED THAT NO PARENT OF A CHILD OF ANY AGE WILL NEVER FEEL COMFORTABLE WALKING INTO A SO CALLED ” SAFE HAVEN’ ‘AGAIN TO HAND OVER A CHILD THEY FEEL UNABLE TO PROPERLY CARE. IF THERE IS AN AGE LIMIT IN THIS LAW..THEN THAT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED UP THROUGH TO AGE 17. AND YES I AM YELLING.

    • ERIC ANDERSON

      Child abandonment earns you a trip to jail in Utah honey. If this 8-year old child was calling his mother the B Word as the story says he was probably correct.

      • Kristina

        Agreed. Obviously she is a sorry parent. How our children act is a direct result of how they are raised. My kids are a pain in the butt sometimes but overall they are honest, respectful and obedient kids. Instead of abandoning him she should have looked for help for herself. This was obviously an issue with her and not her son. This poor baby will have to live with the image of that letter burned in to his head for the rest of his life. For all of you saying this is ok because she could have killed him…. no it is NOT ok. She should have seeked help for herself on how to be a better parent. She ruined this childs life. She’s a selfish pos.

      • Bob555

        Unfortunately it is picking the lesser of two evils she could have killed him. That is reality. It sucks nobody is saying they agree but there needs to be better laws. There are resources out there for families in this situation, but like you said she needed help for herself. How safe do you think that child would have been in her home undiagnosed untreated? Ths reason why the states don’t allow older kids to be dropped off at Safe Haven is because they’re not considered unadoptable. Also what type of life would have lived with his mom who didn’t want him. It would have been a lot worse then being able to find a family to love him and show him what love is . Yes that will forever be ingrained in his brain but kids are resilient and they heal, learn and forgive easier than adults. There is no correct answer but there is a lesser of two evils.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        @BOB555
        Decent mothers recoil at the thought of either of those two evils. Some time out in a prison cell to get her thinking straight would be in this mother’s best interests.

  • Not a Bob

    Wow. I am stunned at the number of comments judging this mother as a horrible person because of what she did.

    First, this story shouldn’t even BE in the news. If it’s true that hospitals are safe havens where parents can leave their children INSTEAD OF ABUSING THEM–with no questions asked–then why is this mother even in the limelight?

    Second, people do read what you write in the comments, folks. By judging this mother you are insuring that other parents who might be inclined to harm their children (married or not, for whatever reason) will NOT make use of our safe haven laws, because of the cruel judgment they’ve read here.

    So the next time you read a story about an abused child here in Utah, think how your harsh comments may very well have contributed to that child’s injuries. And that includes the news media out to make a buck with their sensationalized news stories regardless of who it might hurt. I’m not one who believes it takes a village to raise a child–I believe it’s the parents’ responsibility. But if ever there was an example of the influence a village can have on a child’s life, this must surely be it.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Child abandonment is a 3rd degree felony here in Utah. (Utah Criminal Code – Title 76 Chapter 5 Part 1 Section 109) That can land you in prison Not A Bob.

      I agree with you Not A Bob. She can’t be all that bad. As Evie noted, she could have killed her son.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      By-the-way dipstick – Utah’s Safe Haven Law applies to new born babies an not 8-year old children.

      And no, Not A Bob, I don’t buy into the liberal mentality that being judgmental of a mother’s behavior might make me responsible for the actions of some other mother.

      This mother commited a felony, and people who commit felonies can be sentenced to prison if convicted.

  • ANOTHERBOB

    EVIE in her comment above does make a valid argument that I can’t deny. She says abandoning her 8-year old child is better than killing him. It still doesn’t say much for the so called mother.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Yes, some fathers abandon their wives and children or their girlfriends and their children, but no, they don’t drop their 8-year old sons off at the local hospital.

  • ALYCE DIXON

    Some mothers chose to terminate their unborn children while other mothers rejoice at the birth of their child. Some mothers nuture their children, and a few chose to abandon them. And then there are a few like NOT A BOB and SADDOLL that try to justify their behavior.

  • Hillary

    I live in the same complex as this woman and she is extremely abusive. My friend was a maintenance man here and he has been inside her apartment and she keeps this child in a dog kennel! I am going to let the police know of this as well

    • Concerned

      Why would you wait until now to go to the police. It sounds like you have known this child was in a abusive situation and did nothing!

  • rockwelljrhank

    I was a lesson to be learned by her unruly kid that he will never forget. Hats off to the Mom in my book.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      When an 8-year old child is acting out and using the B Word there are major problems that have been caused by the adult(s) in his life. Mommy is looking at up to 6 years in prison for her behavior ROCKWELLJRHANK. Apparently Salt Lake City District Attorney Sim Gill doesn’t agree with your ultra liberal assement of her behavior.

  • Alixzandra

    I don’t get it, please explain….
    If you have a baby & don’t want it, it’s ohkay too leave tge child at a hospital or chirch but not ohkay to do if its a 8 year old, ….you’ll be charged?

    • ERIC ANDERSON

      Good mothers don’t look for excuses to kill their unborn children NOT JOS’E. The state doesn’t owe you a living. Stand on your own two feet, forget welfare, and take responsibility for your own life.

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