“Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” and in the case of 22-year-old Shawna Andritch of Corona (below), her newborn baby girl, a day old, was found dead near I-15 in a cardboard box. Ms. Andritch is facing murder charges for the death along with a $1 million dollar bail. Had she only gone a mile further to the local fire station that displayed this logo (above), she would not be facing murder charges. Her child would be alive. Her case, ignorance.
Let’s go back to this incident in early August of this year. The infant was wrapped in this shirt and authorities were hoping, via a news release, someone might recognize the distinctive pattern/owner of the shirt and call. No response and Baby Jane Doe was buried. Police and fire unions chipped in for the burial along with a new dress. Then a tip came in. Shawna and her 17-year old, presumed father of the baby, were arrested. How ironic; he’s a juvenile under the law.
Do you know there is a law, enacted in 2006 called, “Safely Surrendered Baby?” It is to encourage the safe surrender of an infant within 72-hours of birth. – no questions asked! Fire Stations and Emergency Hospitals, showing the approved logo; a blue peaked roof with a baby cradled in a hand, will be displayed at the entrance of these designated places. A free Safely Surrendered Baby Kit is requested, though optional. It provides pertinent medical history and background.
By Sharla Esparza