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Sunday, February 03, 2008

There are some things I just can’t wrap by brain around...

Do you recognize this sweet child?

The eight month old baby girl was abandoned in a parking garage in Toronto last week. She was found by a woman who thought she was walking past a doll lying face down on the freezing concrete landing of a stairwell (it was one of the coldest days in the city of Toronto this winter so far).

The only reason the lady stopped was that the “doll” cried.

They have security tape footage of someone driving up the ramp to the second storey and straight to the stairwell, getting out of the car to look in the stairwell. This monster, I mean, person went back to the car, opened the passenger side door taking the baby out and then left her on the floor. “It” got back into the car and took off in a green four-door sedan, believed to be a recent-model Ford Escort.

She has been named Angelica Leslie by the kind souls currently caring for her.

Angelica – well that is the face of an angel now isn’t it? And Leslie, after the street she was found on.

Police currently believe this poor little soul may be American and are investigating this lead further with the help of the Buffalo police department. No one, despite the media coverage has come forward with any clues as to who Angelica really is. You can see the news report if you click on this link.

My first “mommy gut reaction” was to curse those responsible for leaving a sweet little angel out in the cold and driving off ... and then I decided to open my heart and look at what could possibly motivate someone to leave a child behind. People do unfathomable things when desperate.

But I failed.

She has bruises...

I’m angry.

If you run a search on the subject of abused and missing children there are too many links... so many children are missing... too many...

Childfind Canada

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (USA)

Missing Children Society of Canada

Victims of Violence – Canadian Center for Missing Children

Operation Go Home (Canada)

If you’re a mother or father, and you can’t cope with taking care of your child, no matter what the reason is... there are other options. Adoption, foster care, therapy... children are not disposable. They matter.

Cédrika belle ange, on te cherche... on ne t'oublie pas...

You’ll have to excuse me, I’m going to go hug my daughter now...

Love you all more than my luggage!
Hugs, smooches and gropes!

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Comments on "There are some things I just can’t wrap by brain around..."


Blogger Charles Gramlich said ... (11:19 AM) : 

With the wealth of charitable organizations or hospitals where a child could be left, there is no excuse under the sun for leaving it to die on a cold street. I cannot find it in my heart to understand or forgive the person who would do this.


Blogger Anndi said ... (12:24 PM) : 

Charles: I tried to forgive, to understand... but it was beyond what my heart can take.
Thank God for the kindness of angels among us.

Isn't it odd that we are teaching our children to be weary of strangers when it was a stranger that saved this little "doll"... *sigh*


Blogger barbara said ... (1:27 PM) : 

Salut Anndi,
OMG... how could anyone do that to a child???
Sweet little girl.The cards are distributed unequally in life; I can't have children, and feel really strongly everytime there's a case like this or those with child offenders.
Your little girl is lucky to have you; give her a big hug.

Je t'embrasse bien fort, ainsi que ta fille.


Blogger Travis said ... (1:55 PM) : 

We can't possibly understand what motivates a person to do something as heinous as this. We can't understand it because our basic humanity and instinct to protect a child is correctly wired.


Blogger Gail said ... (4:12 PM) : 

Third time I've cried always breaks my heart to see stories such as these. I can understand that times are tough, but don't do this to a poor defenseless child. As you said, there are churches, orphanages. At least give this child a fighting chance at a better life than what you can provide...

I know all to well about fighting to provide my kids a better life...

Love you sweetie


Blogger Bond said ... (5:07 PM) : 

Too bad they could not get the license plate off the car ad find the 'lower than whale s**t at the bottom of the ocean' animal who did this heinous thing...

So very sad.


Blogger Roger said ... (5:56 PM) : 

You are so right there is so many parents out there that want a child to adopt, "why" is the question for that poor little one, I am so glad Angelica was found & is being taken care of properly.

Anndi I tagged you for a goof ball meme.


Blogger Sparky Duck said ... (11:06 PM) : 

You are lucky you dont live around here, you would be depressed.

We have the child abandon at the hospital because his dad proabably killed and disposed of his moms body.

Oh and we got the mother killed by her uncle who is probably the father of his own nephew.

good times


Blogger RRN said ... (12:05 AM) : 

This was a powerful post and I really liked how you included the links and such. Super good work here. Praise for you.

That said...
Humans never cease to amaze me. At some points or others...We all will and have made horrible choices. When your choice includes doing harm to the helpless though... I'm not sure something such as that can be condoned no matter the circumstance.
Thanks for posting this.


Blogger Anndi said ... (6:39 AM) : 

Barbara: Your kind heart tells me you would be an excellent mother. Merci mon amie.

Travis: I just hope that "person" doesn't have any other children.

Gail: This kind of things breaks a mother's heart. Your boys are lucky they have such an exceptional mother.
Love you too twinny!

Bond: Hopefully new leads will pan out.

Roger: Someone was watching out for that little one.

I've been tagged? Oh my!

Sparky: Those types of cases happen in far too many places, far too often.

RRN: Thank you for visiting and for the compliment.
I understand that some people get so desperate, they can't handle their kids anymore... but the options are there. I could not find it in my heart to forgive... I remember how cold it was that day. As cold as that person's heart.


Blogger buffalodickdy said ... (7:43 AM) : 

It certainly is sad. There is a reason somebody did that- just not a very good one. I have no idea how anyone could ever do that...


Blogger Doc said ... (1:22 PM) : 

Oh my gosh... How could anyone EVER desert their child like this? I just don't understand people sometimes....


Blogger Anndi said ... (1:40 PM) : 

Buffalodickdy: I know there's a reason, and it may be out of despair... but there are other options.

Doc: A lot of people are trying to find the answers to the very same questions. Hug that cute baby of yours - (I'm serious about wanting to take a bite out of his cheeks BTW ;p)


Blogger the108 said ... (1:53 PM) : 

I can only hope that that baby's mother was some thirteen year old mentally challenged rape victim who had no idea what she was doing. That is the only explanation I could ever wrap my head around. As a mother, I panic at the slightest sniffle of one of my kids. The idea of something hurting them in this way makes me blood boil. I am so glad that Angelica will now get help and, hopefully, a family who will love and cherish her as she desrves. I also hope that her biological parents are located so that they may get the help they need as well.


Blogger Mr. Fabulous said ... (2:17 PM) : 

Stories like this really depress me. On the one hand I sometimes wonder why I am still surprised by the behavior that some so-call humans exhibit, and then on the other hand I hope I NEVER get accustomed to it.

I'm not sure if I explained that right, but you probably get the gist.


Blogger Leighann said ... (3:40 PM) : 

Unfathomable isn't it?

This is one subject that I've never been able to wrap my mind around either.


Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said ... (6:41 PM) : 

Thanks for the excellent post on an issue I’ve spent most of the past 36 years addressing.

Blessings to you!


Blogger Dana said ... (7:05 PM) : 

I think there's a special place in the bowels of hell for those who abuse the defenseless and weak, especially children and the elderly. Thank you, Anndi.


Blogger Schmoop said ... (7:15 PM) : 

Holy crap! I do hope whoever dropped this poor child off, gets what's coming to them. Remember, Karma is a bitch!


Blogger Meribah said ... (8:48 PM) : 

I can't fathom doing something like this to an animal, let alone to a defenseless child. The world can truly be incomprehensible at times, but I still have faith in a better tomorrow. After all, it's always darkest before the dawn!

And may God help the people who do such awful deeds see the error of their ways. Amen.


Blogger Julie said ... (9:55 PM) : 

I don't get it. I believe the reason why I don't is because I have hope, love, understanding and a desire to be good.


Blogger Hammer said ... (10:22 PM) : 

Human beings are becoming more and more disgusting to me as years go by. Are these people born without a soul? without a conscience?


Blogger Akelamalu said ... (1:33 PM) : 

I don't even want to search my heart as to why whoever did this did it. I hope the bastard rots in hell for eternity!


Blogger angell said ... (1:37 PM) : 

My dear friend - this case has made me cry daily from the first. To know it happened in my city...

I hope they catch them, and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.

Beautiful post as always mon amie.

SMOOCHES (and give Alice a hug for me too ok?)


Blogger Bud Weiser, WTIT said ... (8:19 PM) : 

I had not heard this story and I am SO glad you spent the time not only to tell it, but also to give out the info on how we can help I am a father of four and grandfather of two... It is SO disrurbing, but you hanfled it well!



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