ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A local woman accused of taking her baby from Cardinal Glennon Hospital when doctors told her they suspected child abuse still does not have her child back even after the situation was deemed a misunderstanding.
The mother, Tierra Tillman, is not being charged with child abuse, and wants to know why she still does not have her child. Tillman says she has a lot of questions for Cardinal Glennon as well as the Missouri Department of Social Services.
Tillman says she never abused her son, and that she took him to the hospital because he had breathing problems. She says she was at the hospital from 9:45 p.m. Thursday to 5:15 p.m. Friday while her baby was evaluated.
Personnel told her abuse was suspected, and she says she left the hospital to get a second opinion at Children’s Hospital.
But before she could do so, state social services called her. Police then took custody of the baby, but left another child with Tillman.
Tillman had an hour visitation with the boy last night, and says she still hasn’t been given proof of what abuse the hospital alleged.
“To me, I’m an innocent mother. I’m just tore up,” she says. My child has never been from me [for more than] a day. I’ve been hurt to my heart.”
Both Cardinal Glennon and children’s services are bound by privacy regulations and can’t confirm Tillman’s account.
Police say there will be no charges.
Tillman will go before a family court judge on Wednesday who will determine of the baby will remain in foster care, goes to a relative or goes home.