Mother tries to conceal newborn's birth

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:10 PM
Last updated Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:35 AM
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An Augusta woman tried to conceal the birth of her newborn by telling police that she found a baby at the Masonic Temple on Wrightsboro Road.

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Cierra Y’Kesia Simms, 22, initially told Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies about 7 a.m. Wednesday that she had discovered the baby on the ground behind the building on 3201 Wrightsboro Road, wrapped in towels. She told police her name was Tiffany Brown and then left, headed toward Lenox Place apartments.

Police learned Simms true identity after they began questioning her about the child. She then admitted she had given birth to the baby about 5 a.m. in her apartment bathroom.

Simms told police she already had a 3-year-old and was unable to care for the newborn. Because no one knew she was pregnant, she decided to call police and say she found the baby.

The child and mother were taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center. A Department of Family and Children Services representative was sent to the hospital to follow up on the condition of Simms and her child.

Charges are not being filed against the woman. According to Georgia’s Safe Haven Law, a mother can leave her baby, up to 7 days old, with an employee of any medical facility, including any hospital, institutional infirmary, health center or birthing center in the state.

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Pops
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Pops 07/23/14 - 03:41 pm
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If you do not think

you can care for a baby, do not have one.....in this day and age there are precautions one can take......think people....think......

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/23/14 - 03:49 pm
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Where is the daddy? If she

Where is the daddy? If she felt it necessary to give up the baby, must be he has skidaddled. She made two unwise choices, first the man she picked to have sex with and secondly the failure to use some birth control.

I wonder if the FCS will talk her into keeping the child, don't know if that's such a good idea after this stunt.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 07/23/14 - 04:34 pm
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I support 'Safe Haven' laws - anything to save the life of a

newborn - that is in peril. Yea, she was wrong to 'lie' to the police, but at least she made sure the newborn was taken care of. This is one individual that I would agree that : she had an emotional issue going on when she committed the crime of lying. (and a physical issue). I hope that no charges are brought in this case. She didn't abandon or abuse the baby.

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blacklion1001 07/23/14 - 06:00 pm
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stuaby
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stuaby 07/23/14 - 07:13 pm
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I've never agreed with anyone

I've never agreed with anyone here more than Stunned 2 above.

I'm glad charges won't be brought against her. She could have taken the "easy" route and just killed the baby a few months earlier, like so many millions of other women do every year.

17 years from now, may the baby average 100 yards rushing per game at Westside H.S. (if a boy) and/or have a 3.5 GPA.

May the child bring his mother joy, doubled over, that she would not have had had she killed him/her.

Graymare
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Graymare 07/23/14 - 07:54 pm
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So happy the baby is ok.

So happy the baby is ok. Poor girl must have felt hopeless and in a panic. If you know you cannot afford another child, then use some birth control people!! Not to mention the chance to get an std with unprotected sex. If that young man won't take precautions, he means no good for you. Here's the cheapest birth control - take a quarter and put it between your knees and keep it there.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/23/14 - 09:10 pm
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blacklion1001, You must be

blacklion1001, You must be terribly naive. Go back to Colorado. You will find that there are these kind of people everywhere.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/23/14 - 09:33 pm
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Pops and hoptoad, for all you

Pops and hoptoad, for all you know, she is a rape victim. Nobody knew she was pregnant and she gave birth in a bathroom- does that sound normal to you?

Did you ever think of that?

And for all of you that think birth control is the answer- do you think that it always works? Because it doesn't.

Pops
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Pops 07/23/14 - 10:08 pm
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Spare me your

lecture......

corgimom
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corgimom 07/23/14 - 10:39 pm
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Oh, I guess in your world,

Oh, I guess in your world, Pops, no woman ever gets raped.

Got it.

Because if it were a normal boyfriend-girlfriend situation, she wouldn't have had to conceal a pregnancy, or given birth in a bathroom, now would she?

Your lack of compassion, your refusal to even consider that she could be a rape victim, is just plain sad.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 07/24/14 - 04:21 am
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and yet another candidate for
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and yet another candidate for sterilization.
again, ladies: birth control has been around for awhile now, quite a number of decades. it DOES work if you use it correctly, you just have to follow the directions. learn how to read and all that. also: JUST KEEP YOUR LEGS CLOSED AND SAY NO!!!! rape victim? i doubt it, truly doubt it, corgi, but in your little kumbiyah world, if that's an excuse for bad behavior, then go for it. some of us know better (read: taxpayer) and know that now there's another baby we must support for the next 18 years, probably beyond that, probably for the remainder of his/her life, simply because of irresponsible behavior and entitlement mentality.

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myfather15 07/24/14 - 04:48 am
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Please,

Spare us all!!

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/24/14 - 07:19 am
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Wouldn't it have made sense

Wouldn't it have made sense to her to abort this child if it was the product of a rape? She obviously has scruples enough that she could not resort to killing her baby. But why wasn't rape mentioned to family, a close friend or the police during the nine months she carried this child. It sounds more like she consented to sex then was ashamed that she let things lead to a pregnancy.

Thank heaven the baby is safe. And if she has made a decision to keep this child, I'm with both Stuaby and Stunned.

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jimmymac 07/24/14 - 08:43 am
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Stuaby and Stunned are both right on target with their statements. I'm happy the woman chose to have the child and keep it safe. It's sad when a woman feels so desperate she decided to have a child in a bathroom. That's panic that no person should endure. Hopefully this woman will learn from this and not have children she doesn't want.

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PrayN4U 07/24/14 - 11:25 am
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Right or wrong

Right or wrong I think this woman did better that a lot of people. She did not throw the child in the trash, leave it alone or kill it. She gave it to the police. I feel she would have kept the child if the finances were different. Pregnancy is preventable but sometimes with precaution it does happen. She did not abort. I believe in Pro Life. She did this all alone and that is traumatic in itself. I commend her for giving the baby to the police. Think about all the other children we've been reading about lately. At last a mother who actually care. Of all the things she could have done, she chose to give life and the she chose to give it a chance.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 02:21 pm
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hoptoad, people don't like to

hoptoad, people don't like to talk about rape or incest. Most rape and incest victims never tell.

Maybe she didn't have the money for an abortion, did you consider that? Because you know, poor women who need abortions are supposed to pay for it themselves, regardless of the circumstances. Do you think that she had several hundreds of dollars to pay for it?

There is a myth about the stranger coming out of the darkness to rape somebody. That usually doesn't happen. It's usually somebody that the victim knows.

Why would you think that she would tell her friends, close family, or the police about being raped? Do you think that everybody does that?

The trauma of rape is the same as a solider on a battlefield. We accept that soldiers don't want to talk about what they went through; why would you expect that of a rape victim?

I have nothing but compassion for that woman. And then you read all the mean-spirited comments on here about why didn't she use birth control and how she's a candidate for sterilization.

And you wonder why she didn't tell anybody?

As for you, iaaffg, I'm a taxpayer too. Rape occurs far more than people think, and why you would doubt it, I don't know. Because that doesn't fit your picture of a poor black woman, who supposedly is irresponsible and does nothing but pop out babies?

Some of the comments on here are just so sad.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 06:18 pm
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And neither do you, myfather.

And neither do you, myfather.

But it is not normal to conceal a pregnancy. It is done out of fear of something, of a great fear. And that woman was so afraid of being discovered, she gave birth to a child in her bathroom, without medical care, or anesthesia. That's horrendous, by anybody's standards. She could've hemorrhaged and bled to death. And she already had one child, so she knew that. So she was willing to take a chance on dying, to conceal that baby. She was willing to take a chance on being arrested, but she cared about that baby, she called the police and said that she found it. She didn't want that baby to die.

The FBI- not me, myfather- says that one of out 4 women will be raped in their lifetime. And there are some that think that number is understated. That's a whole lot of women. A WHOLE lot of women.

I'm a Christian, myfather. And I do have compassion. That's part of my religious beliefs.
And if you have a problem with that, then that's ok with me, because I don't have to justify my religious beliefs to you or anybody else.

And I don't much care if you think what I say is getting old or not. This isn't your blog.

Because I think it is horrendous, with NOBODY knowing the circumstances, to say such awful things. "She should use birth control"? "A candidate for sterilization"?

And I never, ever once said it was true, that she was raped.

And I didn't assume it, either.

But nobody knows that she wasn't, either.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 06:39 pm
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But myfather, I will say this

But myfather, I will say this again.

I've been reading your posts, and not just the ones to me, but all of the posts you write.

Are you ok? You don't seem like your usual self, there's no laughing or joking or anything, not with anybody. All of your posts are extremely serious and very strong. With lots of exclamation points!!!

I sincerely hope that everything is well with you, because I worry about you. I know you have a very tough job, and I admire what you do.

And if everything is well, then that's good too.

There are a lot of people on here who care about you, myfather, and want nothing but the best for you. And that would include me.

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Darby 07/25/14 - 12:36 am
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"Colorado here I come."

Really, you should go to Oregon. I hear they have a new law there that would help you deal with this sort of thing. And believe me, you're gonna find it to be pretty common in every state.

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