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    Mother charged with filing false report
    By Darrell Todd Maurina
    [email protected]
    Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an
    abandoned baby in a park.
    Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said
    she found the baby while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern
    New Mexico University.
    The 18-year-old woman is charged with filing a false report. The misdemeanor
    crime carries a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
    The woman could not be reached for comment.
    “We determined that she gave birth about 4 a.m. Saturday morning,” said
    Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department. “She tied the cord off,
    cleaned up the baby a little bit and kept the baby until Sunday in her dorm
    room when she reported it had been abandoned in the park.”
    Berry said police did an intensive investigation all day Sunday and noticed the
    woman appeared physically tired and exhausted. Fellow students who had known
    her before Saturday noticed other signs that led police to put her under
    suspicion.
    “Witnesses reported having seen a change in her over a day or two, I’m sure
    dramatic weight loss,” Berry said.
    Berry said the incident didn’t need to happen.
    “Had she not made up the false report there would have been no criminal
    aspect at all,” Berry said. “She had not abandoned the child, she placed
    the child in the care of emergency medical personnel. New Mexico law says you
    can take your child to an emergency room or to emergency medical personnel and
    there would have been no questions asked.”
    “Any local police departments would have helped, and the community service
    center provides a lot of help and activities,” Berry said.
    Don Holden, Roosevelt County officer for the Children Youth and Families
    Department, said the mother could have sought a number of free resources to
    help with her situation.
    “People who don’t want anyone to know they have a baby can go to the
    hospital, the hospital will take the baby, they can have the baby at the
    hospital and leave and it won’t cost them anything,” Holden said. “Many
    times we can take the baby straight from the hospital into an adoptive home.”

    Holden said that under what New Mexico calls the “Safe Haven Baby Act,” the
    next step is that the hospital calls CYFD and a court procedure begins to make
    the baby a ward of the state and therefore adoptable.
    While the law exists to help mothers who feel they have no other place to turn,
    Holden said it is better for a pregnant woman to contact social services for
    help early in a pregnancy.
    “We’d like to remind those, especially teenagers, who are pregnant they
    should obtain prenatal care,” Holden said. “It’s very important for the
    health of the mother and the health of the baby.”


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    Mother charged with filing false report

    Unfortunately, since CPS is so widely disrespected, the teen may have felt she
    had no faith in them.
    Had she not made up the false report there would have been no criminalaspect at all,” Berry said. “She had not abandoned the child, she placedthe child in the care of emergency medical personnel. New Mexico law says youcan take your child to an emergency room or to emergency medical

    She's 18 years old. She made a mistake.
    Manytimes we can take the baby straight from the hospital into an adoptive
    home.”

    Ahh....the sight of a newborn can engender all sorts of feelings.



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