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Mom Arrested After IDing Baby Abandoned on Side of Road as Hers

Anne Arundel County Police Department

The Short of It

A Maryland mom has been arrested after coming forward to identify an infant left in a car seat by the side of the road as her child.

The Lowdown

On Saturday, police in Arundel County, Md., found a baby girl in a car seat carrier by the side of the road. During their investigation, police determined that the child had been removed from a vehicle and left there. They posted the baby's photo on social media and, on Sunday morning, received a call from a woman, later identified as Sandra Clara McClary, claiming to be the baby's mother.

McClary initially told police that the baby's father was supposed to have her, but neither of them knew where she was. Police later determined the mother had the infant herself and left her by the side of the road in what may have been a domestic dispute.

On Sunday, McClary was charged with child neglect and reckless endangerment. The 26-year-old is being held on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to go on trial this week in a string of robberies, according to the Washington Times.

The latest reports indicate the baby girl, who is about 2 months old, was treated at the hospital for dehydration and then released to the Department of Social Services in good condition.

The Upshot

Everything about this story is sad. While McClary has not confessed to abandoning her daughter and we can't assume her motivation, it's safe to surmise that going on trial for robbery after just becoming a new mom is not an ideal situation. I hope her baby girl finds a safe home. If a parent feels he or she cannot care for an infant, each state has safe haven laws in place where the baby can be relinquished to the proper authorities, no questions asked, instead of being abandoned in the elements.

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