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Baby Never Tossed From Car

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Authorities said Friday that the story of a newborn boy who survived being thrown out of a moving car was made up by a depressed woman.

The 8-pound, 2-ounce boy, who was believed to be less than an hour old and whose umbilical cord was still attached when he came into the custody of authorities on Thursday, was in good condition at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale.

Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne said at a news conference Friday afternoon that the boy was "absolutely perfect." Nurses at the hospital have nicknamed him Johnny after the doctor who first treated him Thursday, he said.

Jenne said the baby was taken to a local sheriff's office Thursday by a woman who said she saw it being tossed from a moving car, wrapped in plastic. She claimed that a man and a woman were arguing in the car at the time, he said.

In fact, Jenne said, the Good Samaritan, the woman in the car and the baby's mother were one and the same, identified as Patricia Pokriots, 38, a barmaid for a non-profit fraternal organization.

Pokriots was undergoing a mental competency hearing, Jenne said, adding that there was no indication that drugs were involved.

[Via KFDX/MSNBC]


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Comments (18)

Brings back memories Kevin?... (Below threshold)

Brings back memories Kevin? ;-)

Amazing, I just saw this st... (Below threshold)

Amazing, I just saw this story on television this morning and was angered by the vileness of the actions of this woman. So my question is, if the baby was never thrown out of the car then what really did happen? And what about the young boy who was supposedly an eye witness to this account? Was he lying too and if so what is the consequence for that?

"a barmaid for a non-profit... (Below threshold)
mesablue:

"a barmaid for a non-profit fraternal organization"

You're not going to see that in print too many times in your life.

But seriously, this is the best thing that could have happened to this baby, he at least now has a chance to be adopted by a loving and caring family.


I never ... made this co... (Below threshold)
SA:

I never ... made this comment! ;)

PERFECT HEALTH?? a 38 y.o w... (Below threshold)
callejo:

PERFECT HEALTH?? a 38 y.o woman who did not want her baby MORE THAN LIKELY did not have any prenatal assitance. Mentally disturbed( she was Bakerized) may have had a substence abuse problem as well. That poor boy. Starting out life so far behind the curve.

Fox is retracting - or upda... (Below threshold)

Fox is retracting - or updating - the story. The person who "found" the baby made up the story about seeing it tossed, so the baby was never harmed. See Fox News for details.

Yeah, callejo, she shd have... (Below threshold)
julie:

Yeah, callejo, she shd have just thrown the kid in a dumpster!

Is that what you would do, ... (Below threshold)

Is that what you would do, Julie? ;-)

Sorry, thats just too rotten to joke about.

Well, Henry, if it is too a... (Below threshold)
julie:

Well, Henry, if it is too awful to joke about, one, you shouldn't have made the initial joke, and two, people shouldn't be talking about stringing this woman up.

She was afraid she would hurt the baby, so, she took him to a police station. If she had dropped the baby off at a firehouse or hospital, under the Safe Haven Law, no questions wd be asked. She cared enough to take the baby where she thought he wd be safe. Yet, people still want their pound of flesh.

It's not a crime to forgo prenatal care or to have a home birth. You wouldn't believe how many "alternative" births there are out there. Go arrest them. And, there is no evidence that she used any drugs. And, I will take the medical opinion of the neonatal docs that the baby was unharmed and in good health over the medical opinions on a blog. What's left,? Shd she be punished for being mentally ill?

If you don't want abortions, give these woman an option. If you don't want babies dumped in the garbage can, don't try to arrest them because they did not adhere to the letter of the law and went to the police, rather than a fire station.

Julie, I agree with you tha... (Below threshold)

Julie, I agree with you that "alternative births" can work. The only problem is if there are complications (which is rare, but it happens).I don't have a problem with her giving up the baby because she may have felt that she couldn't safely take care of it. That's fine. What I DO have a problem with is why the hell she made up the story.

I'm sorry Julie, but adoption is a viable alternative. I also agree that sometimes our adoption facilities and foster home system ALSO needs an overhaul. It needs a better image, and a better beauracracy handling it all.

We have the right result in... (Below threshold)
McCain:

We have the right result in the end. Give the lady a $10 fine and some hearty congratulations for doing the right moral thing. Oh sure, and she can apologize for wasting the cops' time.

That little boy witness is a different matter, ooo, book 'em Dano.

Julie, I agree with you ... (Below threshold)
julie:

Julie, I agree with you that "alternative births" can work. The only problem is if there are complications (which is rare, but it happens).

Well, Henry, they do work. They are legal. Not my cup of tea, but you can't regulate the entire world. Also, in one account, she was not aware that she was pregnant (it happens) or she was in complete denial about it. Either way, she didn't plan a home birth.

I don't have a problem with her giving up the baby because she may have felt that she couldn't safely take care of it. That's fine.

Well, it's more than fine – she shd be commended for it.

What I DO have a problem with is why the hell she made up the story.

Why? If, she had gone to a fire/police station and dropped the baby off, no story wd have been required. But, she does not appear aware of this law. She was driving around panicking as what she wd do. Obviously, she has emotional problems, she was ashamed, she had a baby less than an hour earlier. Lots of fluid shifts, Herny. It can make you not think so straight. She saw this couple arguing and it gave her the idea to say they abandoned the baby and that way she could bring the infant to the police. Apparently, her exposure to babies has been limited because she was unaware that they don't bounce.

I'm sorry Julie, but adoption is a viable alternative.

Viable alternative to what? Taking the baby and surrendering it for adoption at a police station? As long as she brought the infant to them for safekeeping, I doubt these cops care that she lied to them. People lie to the police every second of the day.

That little boy witness ... (Below threshold)
julie:

That little boy witness is a different matter, ooo, book 'em Dano.

He only confirmed that there was a couple arguing in a white cadillac, which there was.

Julie: For clarification:<b... (Below threshold)

Julie: For clarification:
"If you don't want abortions, give these woman an option."

That's what I meant, legal adoptions are viable alternatives to abortion.

And my name is Henry, not H... (Below threshold)

And my name is Henry, not Herny ;-)

its ok, slight shifts of the finger while typing, happens to me, too, my nemesis is taht (that).

OH cmon Julie. I just know... (Below threshold)
McCain:

OH cmon Julie. I just know that little gum chewing tot was up to no good. At least take his bike away for the weekend.

You're damn lucky I didn't ... (Below threshold)
julie:

You're damn lucky I didn't type, Henri!

Sorry, Henry, I'm very tired and I didn't mean to come on so strong earlier in my, cough cough, advocacy.

McCain: The kid paid for that bike with is own crack selling money!

Its ok Julie, at least we k... (Below threshold)

Its ok Julie, at least we know we're on the same side of the fence, here. And, being a man, I can't quite know what it is to 'have' a kid.

thank God ;-)




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