Mom Who Left Special Needs Child at Bar Won't Face Criminal Charges in Tennessee
Eva Cameron, 45, of Algonquin left her 19-year-old special needs daughter, Lynn Cameron, at a bar northwest of Knoxville, Tenn., in June.
Charges will not be filed in Tennessee against Eva Cameron, an Algonquin mom who left her special needs daughter at a bar just northwest of Knoxville, Tenn. in June.
The Campbell County Grand Jury has been reviewing the case involving Lynn Cameron — Eva's 19-year-old daughter — since September, according to a press release from the 8th Judicial District of the Tennessee District Attorney's General Conference.
"There is no disagreement that the actions of the mother, Eva Cameron, in this case were inexcusable," according to the news release. "However, Tennessee law has not anticipated such behavior and thus the Grand Jury was faced with conduct which was not necessarily indictable."
"The Grand Jury made a very thorough investigation, looking at all factors and the appropriateness of any criminal charges and did not return a true bill against Ms. Cameron," according to the news release.
Cameron, 45, left her daughter at the Big Orange Bar on June 28 in Caryville, Tenn., so she would become a ward of the state and receive assistance from Tennessee, according to the Northwest Herald. Eva Cameron said Illinois does not provide enough assistance for disabled adults.
Lynn Cameron suffers from multiple disabilities and has the mental capacity of a 2- or 3-year-old child, according to media reports.
After spending weeks in Tennessee, a judge ordered that the state of Illinois would assume responsibility of Lynn Cameron, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
In the news release, the district attorney's office thanks the many caseworkers that helped care for Lynn Cameron while she was in Tennessee.
"[They] went above and beyond the call of duty to care for this young lady to ensure that she suffered no harm during the short time frame between her discovery and the subsequent intervening actions from the state of Illinois, which placed her in an appropriate facility in her home state," according to the news release.
Moving forward, the Campbell County District Attorney's office will be working with a local state representative to enact legislation "specific to this issue in the upcoming General Assembly," according to the news release.