The Coral Springs Police Department is reporting that they have arrested a man who reportedly attacked a pregnant woman in front of two children.The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon at home in Coral Springs.When authorities arrived to the home, they found a pregnant woman in pain and 27-year-old Oshane Saunders putting his things into a suitcase. When they asked what happened, officials were told that Saunders’ grabbed the pregnant woman by the neck, pushed her against the wall, and then threw her on a bed. At that point, the woman then attempted to grab their 6-year-old son and leave, however, Saunders’ reportedly pulled the child from her arms and then threw her on the ground in the living room in front of her 12-year-old niece.Officers reported that they noticed scratches on the woman’s face, neck, and collarbone. The woman’s 12-year-old niece also told authorities that she was scared of Saunders.Saunders was then arrested and taken to Coral Springs Police Department station for processing. He was then released to the Broward Sheriff’s Office on a pending warrant for driving with a suspended license.Saunders faces charges of aggravated battery and tampering.
Garden of Angels is a nonprofit group that works with schools, hospitals and other agencies to publicize the law and has a cemetery in Calimesa where abandoned babies who have died are buried. Faris-Cifelli said she doesn’t see time being a major factor for these abandoned baby cases. She said of the 78 babies buried in Garden of Angels, about 90 percent to 95 percent are babies who were found within 24 hours of birth. Despite the criticisms, Torrico stands by his bill, saying that the alternative would be for children to stay in an abusive environment. “Child abuse will not increase \,” Torrico said. “It’ll reduce the number of babies left abandoned in an open field, in trash cans and dead on street corners.” Since the law was enacted, 190 babies have been surrendered statewide; 57 in Los Angeles County and 17 in San Bernardino County, according to Department of Social Services statistics. But the proof that more campaigning is needed comes from statistics on abandoned babies. Since 2001, 146 babies have been found abandoned and alive statewide; 27 have been found abandoned and dead. Some Inland Valley hospitals have stepped up efforts in reaching out to troubled mothers. At Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, a receptacle has been designated for babies to be surrendered. Located south of the emergency room is an area where behind a closed door, a bassinet is provided. Hospital staff is notified by an alarm once that door is opened. Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Roche said two nurses were behind the idea because they thought the bustle of an emergency room might be too intimidating for a distressed parent. “If you were a young woman who had made this courageous decision knowing you couldn’t care for this baby, walking into an emergency unit might be difficult,” Roche said. Call (877) 272-3327 for toll-free information on the safe surrender law. [email protected] (909) 483-9376160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Occasionally, the news will report a shocking tale of a newborn baby treated like garbage and abandoned in a trash bin. That’s when the inevitable question arises – did the mother know about the Safely Surrendered Baby Law? Recently, another question has surfaced. Did the mother have enough time? Enacted in 2001, the law allows a parent to turn over a baby within three days of birth to a hospital or designated fire station without any questions. But an assemblyman from Northern California thinks those 72 hours aren’t enough for a distraught parent to make such a grim decision. “Any mother who leaves her baby … they’re not well psychologically,” said Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Newark. “Let’s give them some options and a little time. More time can’t hurt, it’ll probably help.” Torrico wants to follow in the footsteps of 22 other states in allowing parents 30 days to relinquish an unwanted baby. The bill, now in the appropriations committee, recently passed the Assembly’s judiciary committee on an 8-2 vote. Last year, a baby was left at a restaurant just two miles away from Torrico’s home and discovered dead the following morning. That tragedy was the impetus for Torrico’s bill, which also calls for more funding to publicize the law. Fearing the 30-day period could impede child abuse investigation, the California State Association of Counties is pushing a compromise that would give the parent one week to surrender the baby. Debi Faris-Cifelli, founder of Garden of Angels in Calimesa, is wary of the bill because of the child abuse concerns. “My first choice is to leave it as it is because the law is working already,” said Faris-Cifelli. “Education is a must no matter how many days it is. We have to teach people that human beings are valuable, that there is hope, that there is another option besides throwing a human being away.”