Skip to comments.Mother leaves baby on Metra train
Posted on 06/24/2009 4:13:16 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
A woman left her baby on a Metra train Tuesday but immediately called police when she realized her mistake, allowing officers to reunite mother and child soon afterwards.
The woman stepped off a Union Pacific North Line train at 6:11 p.m. in North Chicago and quickly realized she had left her baby on the train in a stroller, said Judy Pardonnet, a spokeswoman for Metra.
"She just said she forgot to take the stroller off the train," Pardonnet said.
She called North Chicago police and the train was stopped a few minutes later, she said. North Chicago police called Waukegan police to meet the train at the Waukegan station and take custody of the baby until the mother could arrive, Waukegan Police Lt. Ed Fitzgerald said.
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I passed out with my newborn next to me propped up on pillows.
When I woke up, she was folded over and blue.
She is 11 now and very bright, Thank YOU Dear Lord!!!!
No, seriously. It is.
I wore my babies. Until about 9 months, each was on my hip.
I was an “attachment parent” before there was such a thing.
But lack of sleep can do strange things.
Bet this will never happen again to her baby.
Yes, the forgetting does happen. Now, I still count my children twice and am always certain I forgot one, even when they are all there.
I always say there is no reason for people to do drugs when sleep deprivation has the same effect.
I always stop by posts like this to say a word for the parents.
For all those who can handle intense sleep deprivation and never have a serious mental lapse, congratulations.
I for one am a human being and have had brief moments of total idiocy. Thank God my children were spared. I pray daily for God’s protection because. . .
I AM NOT SUFFICIENT.
>>I for one am a human being and have had brief moments of total idiocy. Thank God my children were spared. I pray daily for Gods protection because. . .
I AM NOT SUFFICIENT.<<
We had a very large family at my church forget one of the daughters at a parish soccer game.
Another family called them on their cellphone and said, “Did you forget something?”
Dad said, “No.”
Caller said, “Mary?”
The caller could hear the entire family flipping out.
And this is a VERY good family.
Glad she was ok. I left my son in the car while I was driving to work. He was asleep, so I forgot he was there. When I got to work, I jumped out of the car, and he made just a little sound. I realized that I forgot to take him to grandma’s. I was on shift so I had to ask a dispatcher to take him back for me.
I always remember that moment, when I realized how horrible it would have been if I hadn’t realized he was there. It was hot that day, and he couldn’t have lived more than an hour had I left him in the car. Good parents make mistakes too. By the Grace of God, we make it through.
At home I could see nodding off but in public I was paranoid about protecting my kids and keeping them with me at all times. Shopping was difficult as I paid more attention to the kids and it took twice as long. Hold one and the other had ahold of purse straps or a pocket.
Oh yes, I am still paranoid, and take lots of steps for their safety. However I have screwed up at least once with each one, and I thank God alone that my kids are ok.
I know I am not the only one. If you talk to ALMOST any mom, they have a “near miss” story. We are fallible human beings.
NetMils, I’ve read you on this forum for years. I will not believe you if you told me you ever left your child on a train, plane or automobile. You would not. Lack of sleep does not equal forgetting a child on train. Falling asleep at home with your child doesn’t equal this either.
I have 3. My boys were 10 and 14 when my daughter was born. It was easier when I was in my early 20’s. At 35 I wasn’t ready for this. She was colicky and I was food and sleep deprived. She was about 18 months and we went to the store. She never took naps. I usually ate holding her and was up at night with her crying. She fell asleep in the car. A very rare occurance. We got home and I very briefly thought about leaving her sleep in the car. I just couldn’t. My Mom paranoia was screaming that I had to have her in sight. Lord I was a “clutchy” Mommy! Good thing too. My car burned in my driveway.
You’re a sweetheart, but seriously, something like this was my worst nightmare.
You might be right. Oh geez I would not want to be this mom. The guilt and horror of “what could have happened” would haunt me forever.
>>My car burned in my driveway.<<
That’s quite a story!
Gave me shivers!
I cried because what could have happened scared me to death. It was before airbags and her carseat was in the front seat. It was an engine fire and melted the dash. I went inside and came back out in 5 minutes, holding her, and the whole front end was engulfed. 3 year old car. I NEVER thought about leaving a kid in the car again.
We all have that horror. Even KosmicKitty wrote above that she had that horror and she thought it made her a questionable mom. It is that horror that kept her baby out of the dryer. It is that horror that will keep DJ MacWoW and I forever looking for the diaper cloth in the handbag, even though it has been there for decades. It is that horror that will prompt us to look around for a child’s hand even though they are off and married with their own. It is that horror that made us good moms. It is those that don’t have that horror that are not.
Wow. God bless you.
And there is the key. The reason why all of our children were safe. That Mom paranoia.
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