Panhandler with baby says mom kicked her out of home for attending Pride event

Police call CPS to arrange shelter for mom, infant

INDIANAPOLIS - A mother from New Castle was found panhandling with her 8-month-old baby in her arms, prompting police to call Child Protective Services caseworkers.

Someone called police to a strip center on East Raymond Street, just east of Interstate 65 on the south side, after spotting the woman holding a 'homeless' sign while cradling her baby.

Police arrived to find a 24-year-old woman under a roadside tree, holding her baby and the sign that was described by the caller.

The sign read, 'Homeless please help,' police said.

As CPS caseworkers were called to find emergency shelter, the mother told police that she was in town, attending last week's gay pride parade.

When her mother found out she was taking part in an event aimed at supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) causes, she said her mother told her she was not welcome to return to the family home in New Castle.

The 24-year-old told police that she had no car and had run out of money after staying briefly with a friend in Indianapolis.

She said she was now without money, a ride or any place to go.

The police report noted that the temperature was only 78 degrees when they found her under the tree last weekend.

CPS arranged shelter for both the mother and her infant and no charges were filed.

Typically, CPS caseworkers continue to monitor and impose conditions on a child's care when shelter is found in such circumstances.

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