Many parents in Texas could never imagine abandoning their child, but it happens more often than anyone would like to believe. In a recent out-of-state case, a teenager's abandonment of her newborn son resulted in prosecutors filing charges against her for attempted first-degree murder. Now, the child's grandmother is attempting to obtain child custody, and prosecutors are fighting that request.
At present, the teenage mother is living with her mother -- the boy's grandmother -- while she is on home detention awaiting the disposition of the criminal charges. The local office of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) believes that the best interests of the child necessitate him being placed with a biological family member. Prosecutors argue that leaving the baby with a foster family better serves his needs.