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WARMINGTON: Mother of abandoned baby located

In a strange twist,  a mom who abandoned her baby may actually be the catalyst to saving other newborns in the future.

First they found the abandoned baby boy safe and healthy. 

Now the mom.

And while it’s beyond troubling she left behind her two-day old son, this mom’s actions not only saved her baby’s life but could usher in new laws aimed at keeping others alive, too.

Dropping off her newborn on the back step of the Georgina fire hall in Sutton is far better than a garbage can, and no one knows that better than Ellen Campbell — the founder and CEO of Abuse Hurts. 

“We have buried 11 abandoned babies in recent years,” she said.

“Last spring we had a funeral with four tiny white caskets.”

She doesn’t want to see any more.

Ironically, just two more steps inside the door and the baby handed off to a medically-trained person would be how Abuse Hurts would like to see such scenarios go.

“Any mom feeling vulnerable after giving birth should be able to go into any hospital or (police station or fire hall) and give their baby to a professional,” said Campbell.

“It should be a safe haven.”

Working on a committee to foster such change, victims’ advocate Teresa Kruze said “any woman in crisis needs to be able to hand over her baby to an emergency services persons without any questions asked.”

York Regional Police certainly handled this case with such compassion, sensitivity and professionalism.

There’s no need for criminal charges, but plenty of need for understanding, medical and mental health help.

“There are no laws that say she could have just given the baby to the firefighters,” said Kruze.

Instead she had to leave the baby outside for someone to find.

“This needs to change,” said Kruze.

Kruze, Campbell and Abuse Hurts’ Director of Public Safety John Muise have had discussions with Deputy Premier and Health Minister Christine Elliott and Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod.

“Both ministers have been supportive,” said Campbell.

A year ago, Elliott told YorkRegion.com‘s award-winning reporter Kim Zarzour that her great grandfather was an abandoned “foundling” 100 years ago and “something needs to be done.”

She’s right. 

Whether it’s a safe zone or a 1-800 help line like they have in the United States that triggers an ambulance to pick-up the mom and her baby, something needs to be done now.

Thanks to these firefighters this newborn lived.

Many haven’t.

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