I do not enjoy sharing disturbing news, yet do so in hope that someone who is facing a difficult situation may find help before it is to late.
At first glance Karla Antimo of Chicago was a hero, she stated to have heard a baby crying which lead her to trashcan. Laying on top of a trashcan in alley was a precious baby boy, only hours old with his umbilical cord still attached. Karla saved the babies life by rushing him to a near-by fire station. The baby was resuscitated by firefighters and is now in stable condition. After further investigation it was revealed that Karla was actually the grandmother of the infant and is now charged with false reports.
If it were not for Karla’s actions the baby would not have survived. The father of the baby informed Karla what took place and she went to rescue the baby, hiding the details. The parents will be charged as juveniles with first-degree attempted murder. This is a very sad case of a desperate situation getting out of hand. The babies mother is an honor roll student who now faces a prison term.
The Illinois Fire Department made a statement pleading with anyone in a desperate situation with an infant to come in. The baby boy was the first case since their Safe Haven laws took effect. Every state has implemented Safe Haven laws to help put an end to the many cases of infants being left to die in dumpsters. Anyone can bring an infant up to one month old to their local fire department, police station, or hospital with no questions asked. The baby will be safe and the parent will be free from any charges.
The National Safe Haven Alliance is a 24 hour hotline that will help anyone in need of assistance to locate a Safe Haven in their area. They are also there to answer any questions one may have about the program.