|Kendra Meaker and Timothy Thompson with their |
first born daughter Mercedes
There are programs in place across the country where women can bring their unwanted babies to a nearby fire station and drop the baby off with no fear of being charged with abandoning the baby.
There are also many people looking to adopt babies. Therefore it is shocking when teenagers choose to abandon or kill their babies instead of giving them over safely to people who can take good care of the child.
Kendra Meaker, 19, from Illinois, chose to put her infant's life in danger instead of giving her over to a responsible adult. The 19-year-old mother was arrested after she allegedly dumped her three-week old daughter, Mia Thompson, in a ditch and drove off. 12 hours later she claimed that her daughter had been kidnapped.
According to the Stark County Sheriff's Office, Meaker walked into their office and told deputies that her baby had been kidnapped out of her car while she was mailing a package at the local post office. Illinois State Police issued a statewide Amber Alert for the missing 3-week old baby girl, prompting groups of volunteers to begin a search in the area.
While rescue teams were searching, detectives spoke with the mother. Detectives found many inconsistencies in the young mother’s story. Eventually Meaker came clean and told detectives that she had abandoned her daughter in a roadside ditch, drove off and waited 12 hours before she contacted the Sheriff's Office.
Russell and Mary Jo Van Dran, a couple who volunteered to join the search party, were close to the area where the baby was abandoned, when they got the information as to where the baby was left, they ran to the location. The couple found the crying baby lying on the grass and brought her to emergency workers.
The abandoned newborn baby and her 11-month-old sister were taken away from the mother and are now in the care of relatives. Meaker was arrested and charged with endangering the life of a child and obstruction of justice. Her bond was set at $100,000.