I appreciate that a great deal of soul-searching and hard discussion that must have preceded the decision to run the story (Sunday, Jan. 12) of Mildred Benton and the circumstances of her baby boy.
And I understand completely why Benton’s daughter objected to the publication of this story. I grew up at a time when a girl’s life was shattered by a teenage pregnancy.
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However, to see how this young woman handled a terrifying experience, to leave the infant where he was sure to be found, along with clothing and instructions; when we know that even today, in a different world, babies are trashed and left for dead, this woman’s actions were commendable and mature beyond her years.
Alma Gaul wrote an outstanding account with a happy ending. I have nothing but high regard for Ben Sunday and the actions she took.