A Connecticut woman and her male friend are accused of fabricating a story about the death of a baby over a decade ago.
According to The Republican-American, Rosemary Eaton, 29, and Jesse Brown, 31, were charged with falsely reporting an incident concerning serious injury or death. They were also charged with two misdemeanor counts of reporting false statements.
Police said Eaton told a Waterbury social service case worker that she gave birth in an abandoned house 12 years ago, and that Brown helped her with the delivery. The case worker then alerted police that Eaton said she buried the child behind a field in Terryville. Police found no remains and, on February 14 this year, Eaton turned herself in and confessed that she made up the story.
According to NBC Connecticut, Brown turned himself in to Bristol police the following day at 5:45 am. He was transferred to the custody of the Plymouth Police Department. He was being held on $40,000 bond.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, a real dead baby went ignored for a year and a half. Dontrell Melvin, who was five months old at the time, had gone missing and was not seen for 18 months. His father said he left the child with his grandparents, but he later changed his story and said he dropped the child off at a local fire station. Dontrell’s mother said his father hadn’t let her see the baby in over a year. Toward the middle of January, police found Dontrell’s remains behind a home the family used to live in. Both parents blamed the other for Dontrell’s death.
In Japan, a mother left her child unattended in his crib for an entire day, resulting in his death. The woman had already lost two previous children, one to illness and the other to an accident. The mother, 29-year-old Yumiko Takahashi, said she “sought solace in chatting on the Internet” to cope with losing her son. She also said, “Child raising is too much hassle.”