A Tennessee grand jury decided not to indict an Illinois woman who had abandoned her disabled daughter in a Tennessee bar early last summer.
On June 28, Eva Cameron, of Algonquin, took her 19-year-old disabled daughter to a bar in Caryville, Tenn. and left her there. The daughter, Lynn Cameron, was described in the media as having "profound mental deficits" and with her limited vocabulary, was unable to tell authorities her name.
Over a week later, the daughter's identity was made by authorities. Digital Journal first reported on the case back in July when police said the mother would not face charges for abandoning her daughter. At that time, the daughter was being cared for in a Tennessee facility, but her future was uncertain.
The case was later reversed and sent to a Tennessee grand jury, as the Daily Herald had reported later on in July. The jury had convened in Sept., and has been reviewing information since that time. In a release this week issued by the district attorney general, it is being reported the jury has decided not to press charges against Eva Cameron.
"There is no disagreement that the actions of the mother, Eva Cameron, in this case were inexcusable," the release stated (courtesy Northwest Herald). "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 the factors and the appropriateness of any criminal charges, and did not return a true bill against Ms. Cameron."
Illinois officials also won't be charging her due to "insufficient information", according to a separate Northwest Herald report.
“As far as I know, there’s not going to be any prosecution at this time,” Algonquin Police Chief Russell Laine said. “We had talked to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, and with the information we were able to provide, we could not find a statute that was appropriate to make charges under.”
If additional information emerges, the case will be reviewed again.
Previously, Eva Cameron, 45, had told the media she was at "the end of her rope" and couldn't care for Lynn any longer, but was unable to receive assistance in her home state, and she felt Tennessee had the best health care system.
Lynn is now in the custody of the State of Illinois and she has been placed into a state-funded residential home. Due to privacy laws, no additional information has been shared.
The Daily Herald reported Tennessee is now looking to change their laws and prevent this type of situation from occurring again. The Daily Herald reported "Lynn's Law" could take effect next summer in Tennessee if passed and the charge would be a felony.
“We just want to make sure that people are not neglected like that again,” Tennessee State Rep. Dennis Powers said. “ ... Whether they’re adults or children.”
Several media reports said Eva Cameron could not be reached for comment.