This past summer we wrote a post on a Wheaton mother who is seeking custody of the son she abandoned through the use of a palm beach family lawyer, shortly after he was born. He was discovered by a neighbor’s dog, naked, under a bush. After being discovered, the baby was in the hospital for 12 days. During that time he reportedly received treatment for seizures and a low body temperature.
The boy’s mother is currently in prison after pleading guilty to an obstruction of justice charge. According to the woman, the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office indicated it would not try to terminate her parental rights if she entered the plea.
Instead, last year, the boy’s court-appointed guardian filed a petition seeking to terminate the mother’s parental rights.
The woman, a refugee from Myanmar, will likely be paroled sometime this year and is apparently planning on trying to get custody of her son. She recently testified in a hearing on the matter. She claimed she had intended to go back and get the baby but due to exhaustion and fear was unable to do so before the police arrived and took her into custody.
The now 2-1/2-year-old boy has been living with a foster family.
Illinois courts have developed guidelines regarding child custody matters. The standard around which those guidelines were created is the best interest of the child. Factors that may be taken into consideration include the health of the parties involved, any history of abuse and the interaction between the parents and the child.
There is certainly more to come in this matter. We will continue to monitor the case and post updates on our website as they become available.