Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Baby Wilson Case Update

15-Year-Old Mom Gets Probation, Community Service

CHICAGO (STNG) ― A 15-year-old mother who pleaded guilty to wrapping her newborn in a plastic bag and leaving the baby outside her Uptown apartment building in July was sentenced Tuesday to probation and community service.

The mother -- whose name is being withheld because of her age -- pleaded guilty on Nov. 13 to one count of attempted murder before Cook County Judge Lori Wolfson and was released on electronic monitoring until Tuesday, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton. On Tuesday, she was sentenced by Wolfson to five years probation, 60 hours of community service and counseling, Simonton said. The teen is scheduled back in court on March 17 for a progress report. Read the rest of the story here.


  1. Even for a far left Judge like Wolfson this is way to light of a sentence.

    How do you plead guilty to attempted murder and get off with probation? 60 hours of community service?

    This makes me want to puke.

  2. this may be a good second chance for a 16 year old! 5 years probation is a long time. she literally CANNOT screw up for those five years.

    any update on whether the baby is OK?

  3. I think the ruling is fine and fair. No one died.

    In most (note I'm not say all) criminal cases, the accused deserves a second chance; sending this young woman to the clinker would mess her up even more. It's pretty darn obvious jails do little to reform most of the inmates assigned to them.

  4. "No one died"

    No the kid will just have brain damage the rest of his life. I think this yound girl deserves a second chance, but that should come after paying a price for her actions. Will she ever be a productive part of society? I am not sure one can transistion back from the point of showing no value for human life. There has to be some part of the brain not clicking in order to do the acts that she did.

    I just wonder how Judge Wolfson being out and open would have ruled if this had been a homosexual man or woman beaten and stuffed two garbage bags and left for dead?

    I seems to me Baby Wilson's life has once again been devalued.

  5. I can't believe that I am the first one here to express this thought, but here goes:

    As our illustrious Governor would put it:

    There's another necessary prosecution that's waiting in the wings here - it's called "statutory rape."

    Why are we still obsessing on the mother & kid, and not worried about this guy running free to perhaps visit a similar fate on other young victims?

    And BTW does anyone here really believe all those stories about teen mothers' babies being fathered mostly by "older" men? Are today's adolescent males really all that much more sophisticated about "safe sex" than their older brothers or unmarried uncles? Having been a teenager once myself, I'm highly skeptical.

  6. I think the classification "older men" is a relative term. Do I think the fathers of these babies are fifty? No. Do I think that there are sad, lost 12 & 13 year olds looking for and finding validation with 18 and 19 year old young men, sometimes their friends' older brothers and uncles? Unfortunately. I think that the Baby Wilson case is tragic, in every sense. As a parent, it makes me shudder. For Baby Wilson and for the young girl who, if she is 15 now, could have been 13 at conception. Given that Judge Wolfson knows far more than what we have read in the news about the circumstances surrounding this or these tragic crimes, I'll trust he knows what he is doing and hope that the counseling this girl gets helps her repair her damaged life. And yes, I also hope that doctors and counselors and a caring family will do the same for Baby Wilson.