Well, my. "No crime has been committed," the media has been careful to say on several occasions. But a teen's baby boy has been removed from the home and is in foster care because she didn't get prenatal care and there were no medical visits for the infant after birth. He's three weeks old.
I have library books that have been out over three weeks. It's not a hugely long time period if you're not sick. At least I thought that. But according to some teen pregnancy educator, these people are extremely fortunate to EVEN be alive because there COULD have been complications. (And I COULD have gotten into a major car wreck by not hiring a professional driver on my last outing, too. What is wrong with me??)
And this. This is the CLINCHER. The media would like you to know that if you are pregnant and scared that there are alternatives like giving the baby up for adoption or leaving it at a hospital or "safe" home. In other words, don't try to keep or parent your own child. Just who do you think you are?
Mind you, the story IS weird. Girl hides her pregnancy from her family - how? - and then gives a story that the kid they are taking care of in the house is actually a fake simulation doll. I grant you the "adults" this chick lives with are stupid that they could not tell that Fake Robot Baby (does he have a name?) is really alive. My question would be how the baby was fed and diapered for all that time. If the baby were not fed and clothed or kept warm and safe, by all means the authorities have every right to intervene. Personally? I think it shows bad judgment not to at least attempt to have a midwife or just another mom who has had several children around and helping with the birth. Things can go wrong, that much is true. But people have been having babies all kinds of ways for thousands of years and meh. I have other things to fight about than my personal preferences. In some places, medical help is worse than no help at all and I have no idea about her insurance plan. I know in this metro, they call Truman Medical Center "The Gun and Knife Club" for a reason.
I wonder what will happen later in this story, but we'll never know. I guess "kid's mom gets a medical card, a job and a new apartment away from crazy family and things turn out OK" would be my hope, but stories like that don't sell copy.