Woman Abandons Special Needs Daughter At Bar
MOM OF THE YEAR
No charges expected against mom who abandoned daughter at Caryville bar
No charges are expected against an Illinois woman who abandoned her 19-year-old special-needs daughter at a Campbell County bar last month.
Eva Cameron of Algonquin, Ill., voluntarily returned today to Caryville to give police a statement regarding how she left her daughter at a bar and drove away, according to Caryville Assistant Police Chief Stephanie Smith.
"She let her out to use the bathroom and drove away," Smith said today. "She said she just couldn't handle her anymore."
Lynn Cameron entered the Big Orange Bar on the night of June 28. Because of her diminished mental abilities, the teen was unable to provide her name or address, Smith said.
"She had a 30- to 40-word vocabulary," Smith said.
Because of her mental development, Lynn Cameron did not exhibit any signs of distress that her mother was gone, Smith said. Eva Cameron left her daughter with no money, no identification and no extra clothing.
Smith said a videotape from a nearby business showed Eva Cameron driving up to the bar in a late 1990s green Chevrolet Blazer. Eva Cameron drove away when her daughter entered the bar, Smith said.
On Sunday, police got a tip that provided information about the woman. Smith spoke with law enforcement officers in Algonquin, Ill., and discovered Cameron's name.
Smith said Eva Cameron will not be charged with abandoning her daughter because Lynn Cameron is over 18 and Eva Cameron did not have legal guardianship over the teen.
"Our district attorney said no criminal offense actually occurred," Smith said.
Eva Cameron left Caryville after being interviewed by Smith and said she was returning to Illinois.
"She said she was going to put it behind her," Smith said.
Eva Cameron was by herself during both trips to Tennessee, Smith said. Police have no idea why Eva Cameron chose to drive to Tennessee to abandon her daughter. Eva Cameron has no known relatives in the area.
Smith said Lynn Cameron is in the custody of the Adult Protective Services unit of the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
-) No charges? We send people to jail for hurting animals. We send people to jail for disorderly conduct and this lady goes back to Illinois to continue on with her life and the taxpayers are now responsible for her daughter!