The Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, LLC
Free In-Person Consultation 484-441-7055

Criminal charges after mother accused of abandoning baby

There are certain types of crimes that virtually all Pennsylvania citizens find abhorrent. Chief among these are crimes in which children are harmed or are put in harm's way. When the media reports this type of arrest, the community is often shocked and angered. While this is a natural reaction, it is important to realize that not every case that begins with criminal charges will end in a conviction. In fact, many do not even make it to court, for a variety of reasons.

Take, for example, the recent news coverage of a woman who is accused of attempting to abandon her infant in a charity donation bin. The story has received wide coverage across the state, largely because of the serious nature of the accusations and the outrage that such a case brings. However, upon closer examination, there may be less to this case than many think.

The arrest came after two individuals called police to report that a woman was trying to put a child into a clothing donation bin. However, the reports also state that the two witnesses stopped the woman before the child was placed in any harm, and before calling the police. At that point, the mother walked away with the baby before police arrived and arrested her. There is no indication that the child was placed inside or on the donation bin, or that the infant was in danger at any point during the incident.

As this case moves toward a Pennsylvania court of law, these factors will likely play a significant role in the mother's defense against the criminal charges she faces. In addition to being charged with attempted criminal homicide, she is also charged with child endangerment. Her baby is currently in the custody of the state until the matter is resolved. For those in Pennsylvania who are following the case, it is imperative to remember that many charges do not lead to a conviction, and that many of the incidents reported by the press are far different than initially represented.

Source:, "Pennsylvania facing charges on accusation of trying to leave baby in clothing donation bin", Jan. 28, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Contact US Email Us For A Response

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

The Law Office of Joseph Lesniak, LLC

The Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, LLC
206 West State Street
Suite 100
Media, PA 19063

Media Law Office Map