Amy Romero abandoned a newborn in the woods, where the baby died, says complaint

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Amy Ann Romero is not a good mother
Amy Ann Romero abandoned her newborn baby in the woods, where the baby died, according to a criminal indictment just unsealed in Sibley County.

Romero allegedly gave birth to Ava Juanita Aune on the morning of April 28, 2001, then abandoned Ava in the woods later that afternoon. The baby died.

Romero, 29, had been living in Milan, Missouri, when she was arrested by police last Friday. She was extradited to Minnesota earlier this week

According to the Mankato Free Press, a grand jury was convened earlier this month, which led to the indictment of Romero on January 19. That led to a warrant for Romero's arrest.

Romero is being charged first-degree murder, second-degree murder, third-degree murder, two counts of second-degree manslaughter, child neglect and child endangerment.

Sibley County Attorney David Schauer declined to comment to the Free Press about how authorities became aware of the child's death or whether a body was found.

Romero will be in court again March 15. Her bail has been set at $25,000 cash, or $250,000 bond with conditions.

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Babeyygurl2011
Babeyygurl2011

I know personally that Amy was a good mother... none of you know the whole story and what happened and it was wrong how she even ot accused of these charges... always remember those you trust the most are the ones that are going to be the first ones to turn on you always keep that in mind (priests) Amy was not a bad person and i think people should listen to her side of the story because what you read in the head lines is NOT always true at all!!! 

Seeinsimple
Seeinsimple

I have had the oppurtunity to also meet Amy just recently.  She loves the three children she has now with an unmeasurable love.  It is hurting her immensely not being able to see them.  She is an incredibly caring person who needs to have her story told.  As far as her telling the truth.  My opinion is that Amy doesn't know how to lie.  The word is not in her vocabulary

FameFlower
FameFlower

If Ms. Romero had chosen to abort Ava 5 months prior to her birth, our society views that as an acceptable act.  5 months later she is considered a horrible monster.  What access did Ms. Romero have to abortion services as a rural teenager?  ...  Furthermore, our society chooses to put the entire responsibility of running a household the nuclear family system (as a deviation for the human biological norm of tribal, communal, or extend family living).  Single parenthood is no picnic for anyone, let alone a teenager.  I can not blame Ms. Romero alone for her act of desperation... she knew she could not handle the responsibility.  How many of you casting stones at her would have opened your home and hearts to a young teenager and a newborn?  We, yes we, share in the blame for Ava death and others like her.

Guest
Guest

She's 29 years old.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

The incident in question happened nearly 11 years ago.

Joeypanda
Joeypanda

She lived at home with her mother and multiple extended family members.

scooter
scooter

your line of thinking is so disgustingly misguided. is this woman not culpable for her deplorable, selfish decision of killing her own child?  not to be all heavy here, but your relativistic ideas borrowed from sociology 101 are tired.  get a clue.

Research
Research

I like the captions under pictures.  She's being charged with 7 serious crimes and hopefully they all stick.  The journalism at CP is much better than where I use to get my news.  Starts with a W and ends with a CCO.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

But what if she's innocent, do you still want the charges to stick? Seems like you're eager for blood and don't care what actually happened - that's a little troubling.

Guest
Guest

The people at the City Pages exemplify bad journalism.  Your caption is ridiculous.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

I read these criminal/mugshot articles out of curiosity, but I wonder what purpose they really serve. It seems exploitative, and is definitely a rejection of due process. She's been charged for a terrible crime, and seems to be guilty, but has not been convicted. This article, however, assures the reader of her guilt (look at the photo caption). Are these gossipy, sensational articles just cheap & cruel entertainment at the expense of a person who can't defend themselves? Just kind of feels like we're taunting her, and embracing our own perceived superiority.

Barb7817
Barb7817

A poor baby dies because she left it out in the woods and your worried about this being cheap and cruel entertainment!! Really???? I don't any of us that are reading about this poor baby that dies is being entertained by it... Also as far as "taunting her".... how would you have felt if you where that poor newborn laying in the woods??!!! 

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

Yes, but you're jumping to conclusions. People are so eager to cry for the death penalty and other harsh punishments based solely on their emotional reaction to a POSSIBLE crime. Don't you see how easy it is to use those reactions to fuel evil?  That's what every tyrant has ever done - rile people up with emotional appeals to perceived injustices (think Hitler and German economic disparity, guess who he blamed for those crimes). The point of a civilized form of law (and innocent until proven guilty) is that we withhold judgement until we get facts, then process those facts. This article, and you, have already judged this woman, without knowing any circumstances besides the accusations. It completely flies against how our legal system is designed

The crime is gruesome, and if the woman is guilty she should be severely punished, but this is not about the nature of the crime. It's about how easy it is to ignore law, due process, and logic when we allow our emotions to determine the fate of others. Facts are constant, but our morals aren't. Sevety years ago it would have been easy for a white southern woman to accuse a black man of rape and get him murdered without any evidence or trial. Replace killing a baby with adultery, abandoning the battlefield, theft, interacting with someone of a lower class/caste, knowing how to read, rape, believing in a different god (or none), and I guarantee that people have used your exact argument ("but think of that poor baby") to justify the extreme punishment of someone based only on accusation.

I normally hate the tendency of calling a society "civilized" or not. But due process is what makes this a civilized nation, and every person deserves that right.

Seeinsimple
Seeinsimple

You go Hurdy Gurdy. Hopefully The Judicial System will be civilized and open minded in this case.  Other readers should get the facts before judging.  Do unto others as You would have done onto you.  God doesn't judge, what gives us the right????

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

I think my post got a little muddled at the end, and I actually made two points: 1) Our morals and what we consider criminal are subjective and change over relatively short time periods (not as important to this argument), and 2) our legal system is designed to interpret evidence and facts, not judge based on emotional reaction.

Guest
Guest

Is the caption on the photo really necessary?  This is awful, without the extraneous and sarcastic aside.

Barb7817
Barb7817

This lady deserves EVERYTHING she gets. I think those few words under her picture are the least of her worries. 

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