MS - Boy, 2, abandoned with note at Goodwill drop-off in Mississippi, 14 Dec 2020

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  1. bears10

    bears10 Well-Known Member

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    she had traveled from Memphis to Nashville with a male acquaintance, leaving the child behind in Memphis with someone that she believed to be the man's sister. She said the man — whom she did not name — later revealed that the "sister" was actually his girlfriend.​

    “If I knew that, I said I wouldn’t have left my baby like that," Smith said.
    So she was fine leaving her baby with a stranger, as long as it was her acquaintances sister and not his girlfriend? Mom obviously didn’t know the woman from a hole in the wall, so why the hell would she leave her kid with her? I’m not sold on this story.
     


  2. oceanstarryeyes

    oceanstarryeyes Well-Known Member

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    Did she owe him money?
    Either way the child is better off where he is now.
     
  3. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    We think alike!.Then again people do crazy
    Stuff!

    I'm counting on baby boy up the road to get the story out. Man, he is cute, and dressed all match. Adorable. JMO he doesn't.look sad, but.pi##ed.
     
  4. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    The response to this sweet boy’s plight is, indeed, indicative of who we are as Americans. This is the American spirit.
     
  5. SaguaroSpirit

    SaguaroSpirit Happy Halloween

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    He looks like he has been unhappy for a long time. JMOO.
     
  6. mickey2942

    mickey2942 Well-Known Member

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    I want to put in a positive plug for foster parents here. We always hear the bad stuff. I have met some fantastic people who are foster parents, some are doing it for the money, but many truly care about children, and making a difference.

    Hoping this little guy ends up in a great place for Christmas and has a wonderful life.
     
  7. MaryG12

    MaryG12 Well-Known Member

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    Poor little guy, I'm glad he is safe at least, it could have been much worse.
     
  8. kshultz06082

    kshultz06082 Super Snooper

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    Came here to say this. I hope that this baby wasn't unwanted and that he was loved tremendously but his parents couldn't financially care for him. I am not caught up, so if this has been proven or disproven to be the case, I may not give so much of the benefit of the doubt, but for now, I will assume this is what happened.

    These parents would be damned if they do and damned if they don't. People will be mad he was abandoned and mad if they kept him and couldn't afford to feed him to the point of dying from starvation. For now, I just pray he was loved.

    Jmo
     
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    kshultz06082 Super Snooper

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    bears10 Well-Known Member

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    In another link she says -

    “If I knew that I said I wouldn’t have left my baby like that. Ain’t no way I would have left my baby. That’s all I got with me,” said Smith.
    But she DID leave him. With a stranger. What difference does it make if the stranger is the girlfriend or sister?? She left her kid with a stranger.

    One of the thoughts in my head is if the moms story is true, why would they drop the boy off at goodwill with that note? Wouldn’t they want to just give the kid back to his mom and be done with her? They had nothing to gain from putting themselves in such a risky situation.

     
  11. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Mom talked to activist Barbara Buress an activist on Facebook live.

    Sorry I can't link.

    I got nuttin in this case. Like, what did she think she was going on a date with this guy?

    There for the Grace of God go I!
     
  12. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Plus who knows what they did to that baby?

    Just one pornographic photo of a toddler would make way moore money than her tricking.

    Why did she not immediately go to police and say he dumped me here, and they kidnapped my baby in another State.

    Way more to this IMO. Praying little guy is OK. These are some shifty, shady creeps.
     
  13. borndem

    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    Good post, katy, you said it. Exactly what you said is what we see nearly every day. Just lost, lost, lost.
    There are so many cracks for these folks to fall through, that the parent or the child(ren) or all of them just fall right through and are lost. SMH.
    Some folks don't know what to do or where to go. Some are afraid to go. Some don't have a way to get there. Some have a criminal record and are afraid to go. Some have a partner who -- by whatever means necessary -- won't let them go. Some are drug or alcohol addicts and/or just don't give a damm.
    It has to get better, but when? How?

    Here ends my familiar mini-rant.
     
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    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    bbm
    I was wondering the same. Is there more to this story?

    I like your avatar, Gypsy Girl!
     
  15. cuffem

    cuffem Well-Known Member

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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    cuffem Well-Known Member

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    Trying to prostitute the mother and extract money from the Aunt for the boys safe return, it is possible the mother did owe him money. Not blaming her.
    Two charged with kidnapping in case of 2-year-old left at Goodwill | myfox8.com
    Or Fitzgerald was desperate for money and saw an opportunity to take advantage of the mother.
     
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  18. borndem

    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    Whew! LE got on that one fast -- so good to see. Wham! And Slammer!
    Now the question: What will happen with Mom and her son? Hoping Child Services (I don't know the correct name) will have/take the time to investigate this thoroughly. SMH.
     
  19. Knox

    Knox Well-Known Member

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    What a crazy story. I'm thankful the little guy is safe now and CPS is involved to make sure he is never left with strangers again.
     
  20. Alethea

    Alethea Verified Attorney

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    Completely agree. I think we need to make it easier for parents to relinquish their parental rights and foster parents to adopt the children they foster. We see so many cases of kids in and our of foster care because we give parents so many chances. If someone does not want to be parent, or cannot take care of a child, we should have a straightforward avenue like we do for adoption at birth.
     

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