Danish mom still stung by ’97 arrest for leaving baby in NYC
NEW YORK- A Danish mother whose 1997 seizure for leaving her newborn outside a New York eatery provoked an international dispute about parenting wordings says she still experiences she was unjustly vilified.
“( My) suit that happened 20 years ago is even more relevant today, ” Anette Sorensen told the New York Post for a narration produced Saturday. She said American mothers “live in horror, ” and she still demands “to show it’s probable to live another way.”
Then an actress in her 30 s, Sorensen parked her 14 -month-old daughter in a stroller outside a barbecue diner in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood while she and the baby’s father-god, a New York-based playwright, had margaritas inside on a cold May evening. Sorensen said she repeatedly checked on the blanket-covered baby during the hour they were at the restaurants sector before a patron bidden police.
The parents were arrested on child-endangerment bills that were eventually quitted. Child welfare authorities briefly charged with the responsibility of the girl.
“I don’t think there’s any greater sanction than to have your child taken off you, ” Sorensen told the Post.
The episode precipitated cruelty from New York, where occupants were stupefied at the idea of mothers situating a child alone on a sidewalk, to Denmark, where occupants were equally stupefied by the notion of being arrested for leaving a child unattended for a spell while browsing or dining.
Sorensen registered a $20 million false-arrest dispute against the city. A jury in 1999 gifted her $66,000, rejecting many of her declares but is considered that she should not have been strip-searched, among other findings.
Sorensen, who now lives in Hamburg, Germany, is trying to raise money online to get an English rendition of a novel she wrote based on her 1997 experience.
“I ever had a big longing for an defense, ” she says in a fundraising video that also boasts her now 21 -year-old daughter. “I likely never will get this apology.”