Mother Who Abandoned Baby Released from Federal Custody

In 2009, Nunu Sung gave birth to a boy and left him under a bush outside a Wheaton apartment building

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    Nunu Sung

    An immigrant from Myanmar who left her son outside a suburban Chicago apartment building moments after his birth has been released from federal custody.

    Nunu Sung has been living in the Chicago area since mid-November, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

    She gave birth to her son in June 2009 outside a Wheaton apartment building and left the child under a bush. The baby spent at least 1 1/2 hours lying on the ground in 50-degree temperatures before being discovered by a neighbor and his dog.

    Sung's attorneys said she hid her pregnancy and secretly delivered the baby herself because in her homeland unwed mothers are shunned.

    Earlier this year, Sung lost her fight to regain full custody of her son when a judge formally severed her legal rights to the child. Her attorneys said they plan to appeal the ruling in the unusual and long-running custody case.

    In 2011, her attorneys filed a motion asking the judge to stop the foster parents from pursuing full parental rights, but the judge denied it. Sung accused the DuPage County State's Attorney of going back on the plea agreement.

    Sung pleaded guilty in 2010 to lying to police investigating the case. The plea agreement called for her to serve the maximum three-year prison term but also banned prosecutors from moving to end her parental rights to the boy.