[Hpn] Homeless woman is supported not incarcerated

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Sat, 13 Dec 2003 06:14:30 -0500


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Dec. 12, 2003


Abandoned baby, homeless woman gets probation

CANADIAN PRESS

A homeless woman charged last January after a newborn girl was abandoned in
sub-zero temperatures near Toronto city hall pleaded guilty today to failing
to provide the necessities of life.

The guilty plea came in the form of a joint submission, CFTO-TV reported.

Both the defence and Crown agreed the woman, who cannot be identified under
child protection laws, should be sentenced to two years' probation, and
continue counselling and treatment, the TV station said.

Court was told the woman gave birth to the girl last January. The baby was
named Mira, short for miracle, by hospital staff who cared for the child
after she was found.

The baby is now nine months old and in the care of the Children's Aid
Society, said prosecutor Philip Enright.
Mara Greene, the woman's lawyer, said the woman was relieved by the
decision.

"My client is very relieved the matter concluded today and she's also very
pleased she has the community support available to her," said Greene.


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