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Home  |  News  |  Bond set for mother who abandoned newborn

Bond set for mother who abandoned newborn
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Bond was set at $40,000 Tuesday evening for the mother of a newborn who was abandoned at a Richland County apartment complex early Monday morning with its umbilical cord still attached.

After deputies received information about the woman's identity, Sheriff Leon Lott said Orenthia McCuller, 21, admitted to giving birth to the baby boy and leaving him outside of the laundry room of the Enclave Apartments on Long Creek Drive.

Lott said the baby was found wrapped in a blanket, but witnesses told WIS they wrapped the baby in the blanket after finding it. The child was taken to Palmetto Richland Hospital and is in good condition.

McCuller is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, which carries a 10-year sentence and/or a fine set by the court.

South Carolina's Safe Haven Act, also called Daniel's Law, lets mothers leave an infant that is unwanted or unable to be cared for with a hospital or hospital outpatient facility, law enforcement agency, fire station, emergency medical services station, or any staffed house of worship during the hours the facility is staffed.

The infant must be less than 30 days old, unharmed, and left by the parent or other person acting for the parent. The law provides the parent immunity from prosecution if the conditions are met. A baby left under these conditions will be placed in DSS foster care and adoptions proceedings will be initiated immediately.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15561820/deputies-identify-mother-of-abandoned-newborn

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