WEST JORDAN, UT (WFLA) – An 8-year-old boy was recently abandoned at a Utah hospital holding a note from his mother saying she did not want him, according to police.
The note said: “This kid is rude and ungovernable! I do not want him in my house at all!”
The boy’s mother, Kathy Sherrer, 36, of West Jordan, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court, KSL-TV reports. She faces charges of child abandonment, a third-degree felony, and child abuse, a class A misdemeanor.
However, Sherrer said Wednesday that she believed she was simply taking advantage of Utah’s so-called Safe Haven law.
“I thought that it was OK that we could drop them off and it was a Safe Haven place,” she said. “I wasn’t sure about the Safe Haven laws or what it meant. … I really did not know any other way to go about it.”
Utah’s Save Haven law applies to infants who are 1 to 3 days old. For older children, the state provides crisis centers where parents can drop off children, but they must call in advance.