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Mother leaves baby on Metra train
Chicago Tribune ^ | June 24, 2009 | Ruth Fuller

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: baby; metra; mother; napl
Obama voter, no doubt. Darn brain cramps.
1 posted on 06/24/2009 4:13:17 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping


2 posted on 06/24/2009 4:15:46 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

I’ve got three, six through 18 months, and I have never forgotten one of them. I don’t understand how people can leave their kiddos in the car or anywhere.....I’ve got a crazy busy life, between work and kids, but I know my priorities.


3 posted on 06/24/2009 4:19:28 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Dick Cheney gets results!)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

How could a mother forget her child?? I’m still looking for the diaper bag and I’ve not carried one for a decade.


4 posted on 06/24/2009 4:21:41 PM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Depends on the age of the kid - try going months with 2-3 hours of sleep, you can get a bit crazy.

(Son #4 didn’t sleep through the night till he was 18 months old - I was so tired from lack of sleep, I started to have irrational fears, not a pretty sight)


5 posted on 06/24/2009 4:26:22 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Calpernia

I agree. I have grandkids and look for things in my purse that I KNOW were there..................30 years ago. That wouldn’t happen if I hadn’t been so focused on them. All these years later, it’s still second nature. You just “do”. Automatically. Kids are a priority and you never forget them or their care.


6 posted on 06/24/2009 4:29:40 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: KosmicKitty

My second one was awake all night until he was 2. Colic. Cried all night. Found out he was allergic to milk. I never forgot him or his older brother.


7 posted on 06/24/2009 4:32:16 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: mockingbyrd

I’m sure she would’ve said the same thing, until then.


8 posted on 06/24/2009 4:34:57 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: KosmicKitty

Exactly.
I could see myself nodding off because of lack of sleep in the first months of my daughter’s life.

Like this.

Mom, who rides the train often (even before she had a baby), nods off. Suddenly the doors open, with an announcement of her stop. She flies off, the doors close and suddenly she realizes her baby is still inside.

Mother’s nightmare.


9 posted on 06/24/2009 4:35:07 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Things I was taught before I turned twelve...include:

“Once you have a baby, you take on a different identity. You’re not ‘you’ — you are the baby’s life support.”

If this woman on the train had something on her mind more weighty than her baby, I’m betting it was drugs.


10 posted on 06/24/2009 4:36:40 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Rent this space.)
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To: Calpernia

Something just occurred to me. I didn’t forget them because I never used a stroller or carrier. Just a car seat. I always had their hands or carried them. Maybe that’s the difference.


11 posted on 06/24/2009 4:41:15 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Calpernia

I was four, my brother was three and my Mom had just given birth to our new brother. Grandma and Grandpa were visiting us from another state, in our new house, where we had just moved so my Dad could start his new job.......his first after college graduation!

My doting grandparents LOVED to take rides in the car, so with a crew like that, a car ride was probably the easiest type of recreation we could pull off. We all piled in the car, waiting to take off, when my mother cried out, “Oh my God, we’ve forgotten the baby”..........

That was a good stick which my brother and I twisted regularly on my little brother over the years..............”we went for a ride and almost forgot you”................

How could a Mom forget her baby?????............no Mom wants to admit how easy it is....................


12 posted on 06/24/2009 4:50:51 PM PDT by soozla ("KLATU OBAMA NEKTU" - The Day the Earth Stood Still)
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To: netmilsmom

Unless you’ve gone through long periods of sleep deprivation, you can’t possibly understand the stupid things you are capable of doing!

I had to keep checking the washing machine cause I was terrified I was going to accidentally put the baby in there. I never did. The washing machine was in the basement, I NEVER took the baby down there, but my thinking was so messed up from lack of sleep, I had to check every load of laundry 2 to 3 times.

And he was my fourth - figured I was an expert by the time I had him - so much for that :-)

(The baby is now almost 13 & never did end up in the washer, though he still doesn’t sleep more than 6-7 hours a night)


13 posted on 06/24/2009 4:51:34 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: soozla

>>>no Mom wants to admit how easy it is....................

Bullpucky


14 posted on 06/24/2009 4:54:25 PM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: KosmicKitty

>>>(The baby is now almost 13 & never did end up in the washer, though he still doesn’t sleep more than 6-7 hours a night)

See, you were (are) an expert :)


15 posted on 06/24/2009 4:56:21 PM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

“If this woman on the train had something on her mind more weighty than her baby, I’m betting it was drugs.”

Most parents, if honest, will admit that they have done something stupid due to the lack of sleep and stress associated with having an infant. It is good that this story turned out well. there is no evidence at all that this woman was anything other than a loving parent who made a mistake. All people make mistakes, and have accidents, including you. I doesn’t help when people start throwing around accusations and ugliness.


16 posted on 06/24/2009 4:57:28 PM PDT by ga medic
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To: Ramius

Her priorities weren’t her child. I’ve taken a stroller on the Max, I never took my hands off it. You don’t forget your kids if you are caring for them properly.


17 posted on 06/24/2009 4:58:22 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Dick Cheney gets results!)
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To: KosmicKitty

>>Unless you’ve gone through long periods of sleep deprivation, you can’t possibly understand the stupid things you are capable of doing!<<

Seriously. I understand.

My nephew was committed because he went three days without sleep (broke up with a girlfriend) He was running the streets and babbling.

He was and is perfectly fine once he slept it off.

Glad no one ended up in the washer!!!!


18 posted on 06/24/2009 4:59:10 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

I probably would have said almost the same thing, before I had to call rescue. My son was 2 years old choking, and I had to call rescue. We had it dislodged just before they got there, but they still wanted us to take him to the ER. I almost went with them in the rescue until I remembered my infant daughter sound asleep upstairs. Some things blur your rational thinking at some point. Although, unless that train ran over my other child, I don’t think I would have left the one in the stroller.


19 posted on 06/24/2009 4:59:17 PM PDT by JBCiejka
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To: DJ MacWoW

I only used a stroller while excercising. I always wore my kids (front pouch, slings, backpacks).

I think the hands off the child makes a difference too.


20 posted on 06/24/2009 4:59:29 PM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: ga medic

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!!!!


21 posted on 06/24/2009 5:00:46 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: Calpernia

>>Bullpucky<<

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.


22 posted on 06/24/2009 5:04:42 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: soozla

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.


23 posted on 06/24/2009 5:08:35 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: KosmicKitty

I always say there is no reason for people to do drugs when sleep deprivation has the same effect.


24 posted on 06/24/2009 5:09:38 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: netmilsmom

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.


25 posted on 06/24/2009 5:10:52 PM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: Marie2

>>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.<<

Me too!!!!!!


26 posted on 06/24/2009 5:12:32 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: HungarianGypsy

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.


27 posted on 06/24/2009 5:14:27 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: netmilsmom

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.


28 posted on 06/24/2009 5:18:42 PM PDT by ga medic
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To: Marie2

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.


29 posted on 06/24/2009 5:19:44 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

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.


30 posted on 06/24/2009 5:23:23 PM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: Fiddlstix

Blond?


31 posted on 06/24/2009 5:23:37 PM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: ga medic

Amen!


32 posted on 06/24/2009 5:23:41 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: netmilsmom

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.


33 posted on 06/24/2009 5:37:48 PM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: Marie2

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.


34 posted on 06/24/2009 5:39:51 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Calpernia

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.


35 posted on 06/24/2009 5:45:13 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: DJ MacWoW

>>My car burned in my driveway.<<

HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!
That’s quite a story!

Gave me shivers!


36 posted on 06/24/2009 5:46:19 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: netmilsmom

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.


37 posted on 06/24/2009 5:50:57 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: netmilsmom; KosmicKitty; DJ MacWoW

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.


38 posted on 06/24/2009 5:57:55 PM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Wow. God bless you.


39 posted on 06/24/2009 5:59:04 PM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: Calpernia; netmilsmom; KosmicKitty
It is that horror that made us good moms. It is those that don’t have that horror that are not.

And there is the key. The reason why all of our children were safe. That Mom paranoia.

40 posted on 06/24/2009 6:17:41 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Heightened awareness ;)


41 posted on 06/24/2009 6:23:49 PM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Wow, am I relieved that I wasn’t the only sleep deprived crazy Mom.


42 posted on 06/24/2009 6:47:02 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

I went out to the store and got a few blocks from home and realized I left my firstborn infant napping in his crib......I ran all the way home half hysterical when I realized. I was shaking so much I never even went to the store that day. Sounds like this mom only got a few steps, not a few blocks. (putting MY stone down and walking away)


43 posted on 06/24/2009 6:49:38 PM PDT by tioga
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To: DJ MacWoW

Whoa!


44 posted on 06/24/2009 6:51:40 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: KosmicKitty

No you weren’t! lol


45 posted on 06/24/2009 6:53:17 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: tioga

Well there you are.


46 posted on 06/24/2009 6:53:40 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: Fiddlstix; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...


47 posted on 06/24/2009 8:06:01 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: mockingbyrd
I’ve got three, six through 18 months, and I have never forgotten one of them. I don’t understand how people can leave their kiddos in the car or anywhere.....I’ve got a crazy busy life, between work and kids, but I know my priorities.

Exactly.

48 posted on 06/24/2009 8:11:45 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Calpernia

ROTFLOL!!!!!


49 posted on 06/24/2009 8:12:17 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
“Once you have a baby, you take on a different identity. You’re not ‘you’ — you are the baby’s life support.”

I LIKE that.

When I had kids, I just assumed the mentality that for the next many years, what I want gets put on the back burner. They'll be grown and gone before I know it and that I can manage living like that.

Fast forward several years....... They're grown and two are now in college, the third on the way next year and I'm trying to figure out where the time went.

And you know something? I survived!!!!

50 posted on 06/24/2009 8:16:25 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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