SC mom gets no prison for leaving baby in toilet

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A mother who abandoned her newborn in the toilet of a South Carolina sports arena has avoided prison time. 

Jessica Blackham was sentenced to a year of house arrest and three years of probation Wednesday after pleading guilty. 

Prosecutors say the 26-year-old Blackham went into labor while watching the circus in February 2011 and gave birth to a 6-pound boy in a cramped stall. She left the child in the toilet and went home with her family. 

Authorities say the baby was found by a cleaning crew 90 minutes later, his neck just above the water and with a body temperature of 85 degrees. The newborn survived and is developing normally. 

Blackham apologized, telling the judge she may have not been thinking clearly because of blood loss.

 

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