NC Woman Receives Suspended Sentence For Abandoning Newborn

A Wake County woman is facing supervised probation and community service after pleading guilty to abandoning a newborn at a fast-food restaurant last December.

Michelle Richardson pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misdemeanor child abuse. She was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which was suspended. The 27-year-old will spend five years on supervised probation and must perform 150 hours of community service. A judge also ordered her to complete parenting classes and therapy.

Richardson was originally charged with two felonies after surveillance video inside a McDonald's in Zebulon showed a woman leaving the infant boy in a bathroom stall. But prosecutors dropped a felony child abandonment charge and reduced the child abuse charge to a misdemeanor.


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