On Friday we talked about Lynn Cameron, whose mother drove her down from Illinois and left her in a Caryville bar.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel is now reporting that the TBI is investigating and working with officials in both Tennessee and Illinois. This is good news.
I've been seeing some comments online that suggest people are buying into Cameron's mother's claim that Illinois doesn't provide services for people as severely disabled as Ms. Cameron. This is just patently untrue. Cameron's mother had resources available to her in Illinois, and those resources were available to care for Cameron without requiring anything of her mother once she reached 18.
As I said before, there is no shame in not being able to care for someone who needs a lot of care. The shame is in then neglecting that person or placing that person in circumstances where you have to know that she might be injured or killed, or that she might wander off and never be found.
It simply cannot be legal to take an adult anywhere and intentionally abandon her, regardless of her mental capacity. If it's not a form of kidnapping, it should be.