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Charge, Bond Reduced Against Mother Who Abandoned Baby

Posted December 22, 2006

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— A woman accused of abandoning her baby at a McDonald's in Zebulon will face a misdemeanor charge instead of a felony charge.

Michelle Richardson was captured on surveillance video inside the restaurant. Police said she carried the newborn inside under her jacket, then left the infant boy in a bathroom stall. A customer later found the baby.

A Wake County judge determined the incident did not merit a felony charge because the abandoned baby was not harmed.

Richardson's bond was also lowered from $25,000 to $10,000. She was also ordered to stay away from children unless another adult is present and to undergo a mental evaluation. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 19.
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  • firesrain Dec 25, 2006

    So, you can drop off your newborn (TWICE!!) in a fast food place, yet not be responsible
    for your own actions. Hmmm, this is getting to be a problem. No one seems to be
    accountable for anything they do anymore. This woman needs more than help, she needs
    permanent birth control, and a trip to women's pen for a few months. Bet she doesn't leave
    her child anywhere again after that. Plus, not a very good way to deter other young women
    from doing the same, although 99.9% of women DON'T LEAVE THEIR KIDS BEHIND A TOILET IN A
    MICKEY D'S after giving birth to them!!!!

    Longshanks- She didn't drop anyone off twice at a fast food restaurant. And you're right, 99.9% of women don't leave them in a McDonalds bathroom...some opt for dumpsters, wooded areas, rivers or ponds. At least this baby was left someplace warm. I'm not defending what happened, but lets look at the facts here.

  • firesrain Dec 25, 2006

    I think its time that we all take a step back and let the courts battle this out. I am sure that none of you here know the mother or what she may be/have been going through. Sure, its easy to sit back and say "I would have never done that" from behind a computer screen, but we NEVER truely know what we will do until we are placed in a situation.

    FYI the media has botched the story all to hell in regards to the twins. My only question is this: If she followed the safe surrender law and "all is forgiven" then why is it an issue now?

  • PSPro Dec 24, 2006

    Common Sense people, common sense! Did she really think that someone would actually find this baby? There are other options! As cold as the restrooms are in these fast food restaurants. She had to know that this baby would DIE!! If you are giving birth, go to the hospital! There are not many people qualified in Advanced Life Support who work at McDonalds if any! Some may be customers.

  • Sabertooth Dec 24, 2006

    Bond reduced? Heck she will be able to pay the original bond after the charges are dropped and she writes the million dollar book that is just waiting to be written.

  • Longshanks Dec 24, 2006

    So, you can drop off your newborn (TWICE!!) in a fast food place, yet not be responsible for your own actions. Hmmm, this is getting to be a problem. No one seems to be accountable for anything they do anymore. This woman needs more than help, she needs permanent birth control, and a trip to women's pen for a few months. Bet she doesn't leave her child anywhere again after that. Plus, not a very good way to deter other young women from doing the same, although 99.9% of women DON'T LEAVE THEIR KIDS BEHIND A TOILET IN A MICKEY D'S after giving birth to them!!!!

  • patriot4liberty Dec 23, 2006

    thou shalt not judge, lest ye be judged.

  • tell.the.truth.and.run Dec 23, 2006

    Just because a mental evaluation was ordered doesn't mean she's hiding behind an illness. It is the court system attempting to get help to those who may need it. At the very least, the woman needs basic sex education regarding birth control options, as well as information on her options in the event of unwanted pregnancy. And if there truly is some mental illness, I hope she gets the help she needs. It seems to me that she must lack any sort of support network if she was desperate enough to take such a measure.

  • geowilrlst Dec 23, 2006

    This woman should be spayed !

  • mom3 Dec 22, 2006

    This is so crazy. She could make the baby but will not keep it. And has done this before. She should not be allowed to have any children ever again. She did not get in trouble the first time for the twins and now she does it again. So when we get tired of our own children can we just leave them at McDonalds. I wish I could adopt every child a parent does not want. She should be held under the jail. Some people can not even have children and she was fortunate enough to be able to have a child.

  • Monkey Love Dec 22, 2006

    The courts ordered her to stay away from childred. What about her own small child? Is she suppose to stay away from him? Anyone know?

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