A woman identified as Sandra McClary abandoned her child on the side of the road in Anne Arundel County on Sunday. According to Anne Arundel County Police Department officials the mother was charged with child neglect and reckless endangerment.
Her three-month old daughter was found in a carrier in Pasadena just before midnight after a resident called to report the incident. After the baby was discovered she was taken to the hospital and she is now in the custody of the Department of Child Protective Services. The marks on the carries made authorities believe that it was thrown from a moving car. The mother also left a diaper bag with the carrier.
The baby was discovered by Bishop Raymond Showell who was driving together with his wife home on Druid Hill Avenue. He explained:
“There was something in the road. It looked like somebody had left something there, so I slowed my vehicle down and looked. And as I looked to the side, it looked like it was a child in a carriage. And as I got closer, indeed, that’s exactly what it was.”
On Sunday morning the mother contacted the police. At first McClary told the police that she did not know about where the child was because the father was supposed to take care of the baby. However after questioning the police concluded that the woman had actually been in the area where the child was found and that she was the one who took the baby out of the car and left her on the side of the road. For now the case remains under investigation.
Lt. T.J. Smith from the Anne Arundel County Police Department declared that one cannot simply leave a two or three month-old baby on the side of the road. Smith said that it is natural to believe that the parent abandoned her child on the side of the road, but warned that people should not be quick to judge.
Smith also praised the neighborhood resident who reported the abandoned baby to the police appreciating that he was observant enough and did not ignore the carrier, but instead took a closer look at it.
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