Many of you are familiar with Amy Efaw's wonderful debut, After, which I reviewed and gave five starts to back in August. For those of you who aren't, however, the story is about a teenage girl who has a baby and is so in denial about it that she throws the baby in a trash dumpster.
Amy Efaw said on the book's website (after-book.com) that her inspiration for the book came from a real, live dumpster baby story. "One winter day, the big news story was about an off-duty police officer and his pit bull who stumbled across a trash bag that was left with some garbage cans at the curb. The dog just wouldn’t stop barking, so the officer tore open the bag and found a newborn baby inside, still alive." (from after-book.com).
Before reading after, I had never heard about "dumpster babies" or anything about this.
However, tonight watching the news, I heard a story that shocked me. There was an abandoned baby found alive in a dumpster recently in a city in my state. For more information on what actually happened, click here. I know the article doesn't say this, because that's the first article that came out, but the mother has been charged with child abondonment, child neglect, and child abuse.
I still can't fathom why a mother would do that to her child. I just don't get it. It's your child, the one person in the world you're supposed to love and take care of for the rest of your life.
So, what I'm getting at with this post, is I want to know your opinion. I want to know what you think of these "dumpster baby"cases. I want to know what you think the people who do this to should get charged with, if anything. Are they rightly charged when they're charged with things like child abandonment, neglect, and abuse? Should they not get charged at all?
I want to know what YOU think.