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(Chicago Trib)   Apparently it's perfectly legal to abandon your severely mentally disabled daughter in a Tennessee bar   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 13
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2012-12-11 12:55:31 AM  
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Aces and Eights: Did she do her research and specifically choose TN because she knew she would be immune from criminal charges?


The Tennessee SAFEPLACE law, which allows you to drop an infant off at a Fire Station, EMS Service, or Hospital (They have to have emergency medical care on site, or the law doesn't protect you from abandonment charges), only allows you to do so up to 18 months of age.

Aces and Eights: Also, make fun of rural TN all you want, but there are good people there. The locals went above and beyond to protect and care for the disabled young lady. How many places can you abandon a 19-year old female with a 3-yr old mentality, and have her come to no harm?


East Tennessee keeps electing one Stacey Campbell. They can't be all good people when they do that.

They may be "good people", but they're also a bunch of fearful, hate mongering bigots who dislike anyone outside of their religion. I grew up in a small, rural Tennessee town. I know how much hate they can spew.
2012-12-11 12:20:47 AM  
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The mother was from Illinois. So it appears she drove to this remote area in Tennessee to abandon her child? According to mapquest, that's 562 miles, over 9 hours away. Looks like pretty much a straight shot down I-75.

TFA says there was no existing law in Tennessee to address this particular situation, as no one had anticipated such an action. Did she do her research and specifically choose TN because she knew she would be immune from criminal charges?

Also, make fun of rural TN all you want, but there are good people there. The locals went above and beyond to protect and care for the disabled young lady. How many places can you abandon a 19-year old female with a 3-yr old mentality, and have her come to no harm?
2012-12-10 11:51:29 PM  
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JasonOfOrillia: Legally an adult? Inadequate support services? What did they expect? It's easy to come up with scenario's were one person on their own could not take care of a disabled adult.


THIS. It costs a crapton of money to properly care for a mentally disabled child or adult. Lots of people barely pay their own rent, and can't have a nonpayer, even family.

The mother was probably receiving govt disability support payments while the guardian of a child, but that's over, and she couldn't afford to pay for her room & board and care anymore. That's expensive stuff.

So at that point you may wonder what a normal person does. I DON'T KNOW, exactly. You could try to get her committed, but you'd probably need a lawyer, and you can't even sue on her behalf unless you first establish her daughter's incompetent and the mother will assume power of attorney.

There MIGHT be a social service in Tennessee where you can just call them up and say "please take my mentally disabled relative now", but I doubt it. Then again, for all I know, maybe Mom's loaded but just doesn't wanna bother anymore.

That's not to say that these actions are in any way morally excusable. I'm saying it's possibly a very difficult situation you can't relate to unless you had a mentally disabled child and no money.
2012-12-10 11:32:07 PM  
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JohnAnnArbor: "400 Really Cool Elk". That shows a sense of humor.


Except they are dead serious; they have a herd of the things. They also had a strip club with a giant siding-clad cross beside it.
2012-12-10 11:29:35 PM  
1 votes:
Legally an adult? Inadequate support services? What did they expect? It's easy to come up with scenario's were one person on their own could not take care of a disabled adult.
2012-12-10 11:17:11 PM  
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Theaetetus: Sure, Subs. The law allows you to safely abandon your kid at hospitals, police stations, or firewater houses.


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2012-12-10 11:11:47 PM  
1 votes:
I seem to recall hearing about another kid from Tennessee who was killed in a bar when he was only 3...
2012-12-10 10:53:33 PM  
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BronyMedic: Hmm. Where's Campbell County?

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Ah. East Tennessee. That explains it. Where the family trees don't fork once you get outside of Knoxvegas.

/lives in the part of Tennessee the state won't claim because it's too "urban and democrat"


Campbell County is one of the most backwards places in the entire country. It's only had any kind of modern connections since I-75 was punched through. One of the few areas in the country that a completely new route had to be made because there was no existing highways to parallel. The only route in that area didn't have the space to have a highway parallel it.

Also, this is a legit road sign along I-75.

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2012-12-10 09:59:36 PM  
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fusillade762: What's the drinking age in Tennessee? Here in Oregon they wouldn't even let a 19-year-old in.


You can go into a bar below 21 if they serve anything other than alcohol in Tennessee. You just can't (legally) drink. One of my favorite places to eat in Memphis is Huey's, which is a local bar. People regularly bring their kids in because they have the best burgers in Memphis.
2012-12-10 09:42:22 PM  
1 votes:
What's the drinking age in Tennessee? Here in Oregon they wouldn't even let a 19-year-old in.
2012-12-10 08:54:42 PM  
1 votes:
I wonder if anyone found the obvious joke in...Yup.
2012-12-10 08:47:50 PM  
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Hmm. Where's Campbell County?

i.imgur.com

Ah. East Tennessee. That explains it. Where the family trees don't fork once you get outside of Knoxvegas.

/lives in the part of Tennessee the state won't claim because it's too "urban and democrat"
2012-12-10 05:54:20 PM  
1 votes:
is she hot?
 
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