The majority of the time, children are their parents’ pride and joy. Moms and dads do everything in their power to make sure that their children are well-cared-for and happy.
Every so often, though, there comes along a parent who is selfish and careless. In such cases we can only hope that, for the child’s sake, something happens that results in the child being removed from the parent’s care and put into the hands of much more capable and loving adults.
In Pasadena, Md., a 3-month-old baby girl was discovered in a car seat carrier at the side of a residential road, next to a diaper bag and spilled formula. The discovery was made by Reverend Raymond Showell and his wife late one night.
At first, Showell thought the carrier was a package, but as he got closer he realized just what it was. He could not believe what he was looking at.
A baby in a car seat, abandoned, in the dark. Showell instantly knew that something was wrong and that this baby needed help.
Showell was on his way home from his church when he came across the infant, and he believes that it was God who brought him there at that exact time to protect the child. “I’m just glad the Lord allowed me to come by and nothing dangerous happened to the child,” said Showell.
The reverend and his wife called 911 and reported what they had found.
The local police department used social media websites to try to find out the identity of the baby. The post was shared thousands of times and ultimately led to the confession of the child’s mother.
Sandra Clara McClary contacted the police and told them that she was the infant’s mother. McClary claimed that the baby girl was supposed to be with her father, but it was later revealed that McClary herself left her daughter on the side of the road. While it may seem like this is an open-and-closed case of intentional abandonment, there may be extenuating circumstances that officials will be looking into.
Police Lieutenant T.J. Smith said that further investigation would need to be done before charges of child abuse or abandonment can be filed. “Our main concern is the safety and the well-being of the child,” said Smith.
The baby girl is in good health and safely in the custody of Child Protective Services. Had it not been for one neighborhood resident, this story could have had a much different ending!
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