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. 

Dave Knapp December 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM
As a parent of a special needs child, I understand that the trials of raising a disabled child can be overwhelming. There are days when my frustration levels go through the roof. That said, I am sickened and disgusted by this woman's behavior. Dan, you are 100% right about the liberals and unions causing an environment where parents feel they cannot raise their children in this state. Let's hold this woman accountable for what she did, but let's not ignore the greed and corruption that undoubtedly caused her to behave the way she did. Obviously, economic conditions are no excuse. By the way, Dan, I read your comments on Patch regularly- thank you for being a voice of reason in a nation populated by Obamazombies and people who are too ignorant of issues to put together a coherent statement. Keep speaking the unvarnished truth- Patch readers need to hear it, whether they like it or not.
Dave Knapp December 11, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Thank you, Patch, for removing Lynn's photo. Good judgement call on your part.
Erin Michele December 11, 2012 at 01:35 PM
What this mother did is terrible. And as much as it troubles me to say this, she is right about one thing - funding and availability of programs for people with disabilities in this state is disgraceful, especially for adults with disabilities. Illinois is ranked last in the ENTIRE country for services for people with disabilities. As a special educator I have seen this first hand and decided years ago that if I have a child with a disability, I am moving out of Illinois (seriously). With that said, there are certainly better ways the mother could have handled this, maybe bring her daughter to a hospital or police station. A bar?! Come On!
A Martin December 12, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Okay. Money prob. had nothing to do with this. This woman would come to my work and spend hundreds of dollars. I think she has her own issues. She seemed instable to me the times she'd visit my work. I think she was having a breakdown when this happened. Not making excuses by any means. After I saw this I could not believe it. I had such a strange encounter with her. The last time I saw her she was with her daughter (whom she abandoned) and she walked right out of our place of business without her. But believe me when I tell you, something was not right mentally with her.


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