Chin Mother Who Abandoned Baby Denied Parent Rights in USA
19 January 2012: A 27-year-old Chin refugee who abandoned her son at birth in Wheaton of Illinois State, USA has been declared ‘an unfit mother’ last Tuesday by a DuPage County judge.
Ms Nunu Sung’s fight for the rights to get back with her ‘abandoned’ child came to naught after the judge ruled saying ‘he didn’t believe her testimony on the issue’, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Sources said Nunu Sung was ‘devastated’ when she heard the final decision by court. However it is claimed she might be allowed to make an appeal if she will be able to have contact with the child.
The Chin mother, originally from Hakha, Chin State, who is serving a three-year sentence in prison, is due to be released this month.
Her 2-year-old son Joshua, a name given by the hospital staff, has been in foster care since he was released from the hospital after being found near a tree with his umbilical cord still attached in the morning on 12 June 2009.
During an interview last year, Nunu Sung said it is the most shameful thing for a young woman to have a child without a husband in her tradition.
Through the UNHCR in Malaysia, Nunu Sung arrived in the US about three years before the birth of Joshua after fleeing her native place, Chin State in Burma.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang