SAGINAW (WJRT) -
(05/13/14) - A grandmother, frustrated with taking care of her young granddaughter, tried to leave the little girl at a Saginaw church.
The members would not let her leave the child behind so easily.
It was Mother's Day morning when Sunday school was in session at Bethlehem Temple Church on Webber Street. Then, a woman pushing a stroller brought everything to a halt.
"A woman brought a baby in, in a stroller, saying that the baby was sick," said Robin Johnson.
Robin Johnson is the wife of Pastor Curtis Johnson at Bethlehem Temple Church on Saginaw's east side. Robin says the woman,who she did not know, was crying. Then she said something that prompted a call to 911.
"'She is going to die, I can't take it anymore, they left the baby with me,'" Robin said.
"They" are the woman's son and his wife - the child's father and mother. Police arrived, an ambulance took the baby to the hospital and Pastor Johnson talked the woman into going, too.
"She was wanting to leave, and the police officer said, 'ma'am, we can't let you leave,'" Curtis said.
The 2-year-old girl was examined at Covenant Healthcare.
"The baby appeared to be OK. They had her eating a Popsicle and brought her some crayons to write with," Curtis said.
We are not identifying the woman who wanted to leave the baby at the church, but probate court records indicate she has a history of mental illness. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Pastor Johnson says his small church sometimes encounters people who are struggling with those issues.
"I don't know if these people can afford their medication, or are not taking medication, you just don't know, but they definitely need some help," he said.
Saginaw Police call this an open investigation and it's not clear if the parents of the child have been contacted. The Johnson's believe the little girl is now in the care of Child Protective Services. They plan to get updates on her health and living situation.
"I definitely want to find out the baby is OK, and not only the baby, but the grandparent or the parent is OK also," Curtis said.
We talked with Bob Wheaton of Child Protective Services, and while he cannot confirm the child is in the care of the state agency, he says this is the type of case where an investigation would begin.