Abandoned baby returned to mother

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PENINSULA DAILY NEWS AND THE CALGARY HERALD

TORONTO — A five-year-old boy found in a Calgary, Alberta, supermarket last August has been returned to his adoptive mother — the woman who abandoned him.

Kathy Spears, a spokeswoman for Children’s and Family Services in Washington state, confirmed Friday that Avery McCarty had been returned on Jan. 18 to Susanne McCarty, a 36-year-old former nurse from Port Angeles.

“The department did not oppose it and we still are very involved with the family,” Spears said.

Canadian officials also plan to monitor developments in the case, even though it’s outside their jurisdiction.

Alberta Children’s Services Minister Iris Evans told the Calgary Herald she doesn’t think McCarty should have been refused access to the boy after abandoning him.

“I always believed she was a caring mother but one with desperate needs,” she said. “This was a huge cry for help and I’m hopeful from here on in she’ll get the help she needs.”

McCarty left Avery after a road trip through Washington state, Vancouver Island and Calgary.

For the complete story see Sunday’s Peninsula Daily News, on sale in Clallam County.

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