Kaitlin Norton: Teen Who Abandoned Baby Under Pine Tree Headed to Court


The mother of a newborn who allegedly panicked and abandoned the infant in the side yard of an Ellisville home in February has been indicted by a Grand Jury and will proceed to trial. Kaitlin T. Norton, 20, has been charged with first-degree child abandonment and child endangerment.

Norton has cooperated with the authorities since turning herself in a few days after giving birth. The child was unharmed by the experience, thanks to February being unseasonably mild and the fortuitous arrival of Betty Crowder, the good Samaritan who first discovered the mysterious bundle and immediately called the police; Crowder had assumed it was a litter of puppies that had been dumped.