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Second Pregnant Teen from Utah Maternity Home Arrested

April 7, 2007

Almost two months after three pregnant teenagers escaped/fled from the New Hope Maternity Home in Utah, a second of the three has been arrested. The 17-year-old was arrested after a tip was turned in that she had been spotted at her grandmother’s house in Chicago. She was returned to Utah and is in a youth detention facility until her case moves through the juvenile court system.

According to an American Fork, Utah police Sergeant quoted in the story, “It is unknown … if she was staying with her grandmother or who else may have assisted her while she was on the run for over two months.” I find it difficult to believe that a pregnant teenager on the lam was not being assisted by her grandmother, if that is where she was found. The story does not indicate whether the grandmother sent the girl to the home, or whether she has parents who did so.

The first located teen, a 15-year-old from California, was turned in by her mother in January, according to the MSNBC piece; the AP story on the American Fork Daily Herald site says that teen turned herself in. No news has surfaced on the whereabouts of the third pregnant teen, or the teens’ motivation for their actions.

Previous Related Posts:
Pregnant Girls Gone Wild?
Pregnant Teens Escape, So Does “Maternity Home” Website
Response Regarding New Hope Maternity Home Records
-On maternity homes from the not-too-distant past – Book Review: The Girls Who Went Away

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    May 31, 2007 6:58 pm

    Interesting. I’m only just seeing this article now. The first girl caught was from California, the other two were from Texas and Illinois. This is the the girl from Illinois. According to earlier news stories, her mother, Gina Castro of Chicago, sent her daughter to the home and thought her reason for running away was that she didn’t want to give her baby up for adoption. She must have just turned 17, earlier news stories said she was 16.

    How very unfortunate for her. Personally, I think the “tipster” who turned her in acted wrongly. How can it be a good thing for this girl to have her baby far from her family? I hope the girl from Texas is safe.

  2. June 21, 2007 9:33 pm

    I wonder why those girls want to escape. Are they maltreated in the said institution? Or they just don’t understand why they’re there. I think it’s better if we look at the situation from the inside. The soon-to-be mothers are still very young and perhaps their situation makes them feel maltreated. It’s best if we keep reminding them about the importance of staying inside New Hope Maternity Home.

  3. June 22, 2007 6:34 am

    I don’t think it’s clear whether they were maltreated or were there against their will, so I’m not convinced we can say that it’s important for them to stay there.

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