Mona Charen – Special
Wednesday * February 23
Our prosperous, lively, comfortable nation is facing a sudden upsurge in a pmblem as ancient as leprosy — baby abandonment and murder.
Tales of high-school girls giving birth at prams and in Disney World bathrooms, and either strangling their children or leaving them for dead, have made chilling headlines. Such stories, we are now learning, are not freak incidents. In the first 10 months of 1999,13 babies were abandoned at birth in the city of Houston alone.
Of these, three were found dead. The FBI says that five infants under age 1 are murdered every week, but the government does not keep separate statistics on baby abandonment. Those working in the field estimate that anywhere between several hundred and several thousand babies are exposed or thrown in Dumpsters every year.
The stones continue to flow in. In Germantown, Md., a baby was found in a trash can in a residential neighborhood. Wrapped in a blanket and placed inside a Kmart shopping bag, along with sanitary napkins, underwear, a chicken bone and other trash, the baby screamed in the freezing temperatures. Neighbors heard her cries and rescued her only minutes before the trash collectors would have dumped the contents of the bin. … Continue Reading