Don't name the mommy

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Publication ban sought in Wal-Mart baby case
Betty Ann Adam, The StarPhoenix Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 PRINCE ALBERT -- A woman who delivered and left her baby in a Wal-Mart washroom should not be identified in the press because that would lead to people knowing the identity of the baby, a lawyer for a child protection agency argued in provincial court Monday. However, Peter Abrametz Sr. acknowledged the identity of the mother is common knowledge in La Ronge, the northern community of 5,000 to 7,000 people in which she lives. Abrametz represented La Ronge Indian Child and Family Services (ICFS), which applied for the ban in conjunction with the woman's lawyer.

if this was a man they would have no problem naming him, while should she have the right to hide behind her child. the same child she left in the bathroom at Wal-mart

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MMC December 13, 2007 at 6:42 PM  

I have to disagree with you, at least in part. I deidentify cases prior to their publication and if, in any way, naming the father might identify the child, his name would not stay in the case.

But you also have to get that this isn't about 'protecting' either parent or allowing anyone to 'hide' behind the child, it is about the child, pure and simple. Most if not all child protection legislation states that nothing can be published which might identify the child. So if identifying either or both parents might have that effect, their names are out. Its that simple.

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