While DuPage County officials continue to work to solve the case of a dead newborn, they paused Thursday to attend a memorial service of her short life at a graveside ceremony in Wheaton.
About 40 people, mostly members of law enforcement headed by Sheriff John Zaruba, offered prayers for the little girl whose body was found in a backpack on a wooded drive in Wheaton last month. She has yet to be identified.
When Christie Haack heard of the death of Baby Hope, the newborn girl who was found dead, in a backpack in suburban Wheaton, she sobbed. Not only did she cry because of the waste of human life, but she cried because she knows that Illinois’ Safe Haven Law provides options to save unwanted babies.
In a candid interview with Chicago Tribune’s Irv Leavitt, Dawn Geras, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Save Abandoned Babies Foundation answers some fun questions for the Chicago Tribune’s Shout Out section.
If you are considering abandoning your newborn, please bring them to any one of the many baby safe haven locations across the state, child advocates urge. There is a way to do this, safely and with no questions asked. This plea comes one day after a baby was found dead along a road in Wheaton triggering a large-scale search for the mother.