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how could someone do this to a newborn

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:55 AM
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Mother accused of tossing newborn into lake never wanted baby

by Mary Sparacello, The Times-Picayune
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 9:57 PM

Ciara Craig

Pregnant from a one-night stand with a man whose name she doesn't know, Ciara Craig sought an abortion, then considered adoption, before casting her newborn daughter into Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner police said Wednesday.

Officers filed paperwork to book the 21-year-old Metairie woman with first-degree murder, even as she remains hospitalized under police guard.

Investigators said they decided to book Craig with Louisiana's most serious criminal charge without waiting for a complete autopsy report, which could provide evidence of whether the infant was alive or dead when she was thrown into the lake. Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway said first-degree murder is an appropriate charge because Craig told police that she detected the infant's breathing and heartbeat after giving birth at home alone.

"By her own admission, the baby was alive when she placed it in the lake, " Caraway said.

Craig, accompanied by relatives, surrendered to police Tuesday night, saying she threw her daughter into the lake that afternoon because she didn't want to raise a child and she didn't want her parents to know she had been pregnant, police said.

Support services for expectant parents.

There was no answer to a knock at the door of Craig's house Wednesday. A woman who answered a telephone registered to Craig's mother spoke only briefly with a reporter. "Our family is trying to grieve right now, " she said. "It's not a good time."

Craig told investigators the pregnancy resulted from a single incident with a man she doesn't know. At some point recently, she decided to abort her pregnancy but was told it was too advanced. She then investigated putting the baby up for adoption.

Caraway said he didn't know whether Craig was aware of Louisiana's safe haven law, which lets parents anonymously surrender a newborn to certain public safety or medical representatives without being arrested. But he said, "She knew her options."

Alarmed by the case, state government officials vowed to launch an advertising campaign to educate the public about the law. Social Services Secretary Kristy Nichols said the effort will involve a Web site, billboards, brochures, and radio and television spots.

"It is important to enhance the public's understanding of the law, " Nichols said. "We want to avoid a crisis like the one in Kenner."

The Legislature adopted the safe haven law in 2000 in hopes of stopping parents from abandoning or killing unwanted infants. In the first three years, not a single parent invoked it; 11 newborns were abandoned, seven of them to die.

The law was rewritten in 2003, followed by a publicity campaign touting it as an alternative for troubled parents, and since then eight infants have been handed over to authorities for eventual adoption.

Nichols said she hopes for more changes, including a requirement that safe haven sites such as police stations and hospitals post signs identifying them as such. She also said she wants to explore expanding the law to include churches as safe havens.

Craig graduated from Xavier Preparatory School in New Orleans in 2006. She studied at Delgado Community College, said Erica Bates, who took a college and career success skills class with Craig there in the fall of 2007.

She recently moved into a single-story yellow house on Monett Street in Metairie's Bunche Village subdivision, neighbors said. Bates said Craig worked at Old Navy in The Esplanade mall.

After delivering the child at home, Craig gathered two plastic garbage bags and two bath towels and drove with the infant to Kenner's Laketown park, police said. Witnesses there saw a woman walk to the water's edge, throw something into the water, return to the car and drive away. A bag and a bloodied towel were found nearby.

The other bag and towel, and the placenta, were found in a commercial garbage bin at a River Ridge apartment complex two miles from Craig's house.

Neighbors said they knew little about the family, who they said moved to Monett Street a few months ago. One of them, Sandy Johnson, expressed shock at what happened Tuesday in the house and, afterward, at the lakefront: "Lord, what's happening to the world today?"


she has to be crazy she threw the baby in the part of the lake where people were standing 100ft away from her. she could have just brought the baby to the ER and left. she has to live with this the rest of her life how sad. the poor baby. how could any mother do this to thei child?

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by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:58 AM

 cryingthrowing upwhat a sick sick woman!!

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by Silver Member on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:58 AM

This is sad...why do people do this to children.....COME ON people....WAKE UP!  if you don't want kids, then don't have them........DON"T have sex, or use protection.........WHY kill some innocent little baby just BECAUSE you don't want them.....


SORRY this just upsets me every time I read or hear something about people doing this to their kids....

by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:59 AM

i hope they throw the lil  b in jail  but she will probably get some   ( oh she is sooooo young ) freaking  probation. There is no excuse for this  there are safe haven laws .  



by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:04 AM

 Thats so sad, I hurt for that poor baby, I just wanna hug my daughter right now, that woman disgust me, and she needs to go to jail, killing an innocent baby like that, makes me sick to my stomach.

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by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:05 AM

is that her mug shot? and shes smiling? wTH! she oviously had no remourse about doing this. i hope she rots in h*ll

by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:06 AM

women like this should have thier stuff removed so they cant have anymore babies. this is aweful

by Platinum Member on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:06 AM

OMG, what an idiot!

She should be tortured!



by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:12 AM

We know that the baby is in heaven with her heavenly father. As for the mother I don't in any way condone what she has done. But it is not our job to judge her. We must pray that she ask God for forgivness for the sin she has committed because like us she will stand before him one day awaiting judgement.

by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:25 AM

I am sorry, bash all you like, but this is why some people need to be fixed. 

Come on!  She murdered a baby.  She had options.  I hope they have the death penalty there. 

This just completely ticks me off.


Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" -Epicurus

"If I am not for me, who will be?  If I am for myself alone, what am I?  If not now, when?"  Pirke Avot 1:14

I might not agree with every choice he made, but they were made with true intentions.

by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:29 AM


      Wtf? This makes me so mad !!!!! how freaking awful. wth didn't she give the baby up ? grrrrrr  cant stand people who kill or hurt babies becuase they dont want them.  I am so sad today !! reading this and the other story of the other baby " baby p"

it tears me up to hear  things like this !!


Quoting NikkiPhoenix:

I am sorry, bash all you like, but this is why some people need to be fixed. 

Come on!  She murdered a baby.  She had options.  I hope they have the death penalty there. 

This just completely ticks me off.

  sorry hit wron button.  went to reply to this post and accedinatly hit qoute..

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