Mom Won't Face Charges For Leaving Teen at Bar

The teen was found by herself at a bar in Caryville on June 28 with limited vocabulary

Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012  |  Updated 10:40 AM CDT
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Mom Who Left Teen at Bar Won't Face Charges

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According to NBC affiliate WBIR, the district attorney general said Eva Cameron will not be criminally charged for leaving her mentally challenged teenager at a bar because she did not break any state laws.

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Police in Tennessee say a woman from Algonquin will not be charged for abandoning her 19-year-old daughter with mental disabilities last month at a bar in East Tennessee.

Lynn Cameron was found by herself at a bar in Caryville on June 28 with limited vocabulary, police said. Caryville Assistant Police Chief Stephanie Smith told The Knoxville News Sentinel the teenager couldn't provide her name or address to police.

Smith said Cameron's mother, Eva Cameron, returned to Tennessee on Tuesday and told police that she left her daughter because "she couldn't handle her anymore."

Caryville Police told NBC affiliate WBIR Eva Cameron stayed about 10 minutes before leaving again, saying she wasn't interested in her daughter returning to Algonquin with her.

According to WBIR, the district attorney general said Eva Cameron will not be criminally charged because she did not break any state laws. Though the girl has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old, she is over 18 years old, the attorney general told WBIR, and her mother is not her legal guardian. 

The teenager is now in state custody.

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