Path cleared for abandoned baby to be adopted

By Gary Scott on March 3, 2016 at 8:40am

The Jacksonville man identified as the father of a baby who was found abandoned in a Jacksonville dumpster in 2014 has given up his parental rights to the child.

That’s what Morgan County prosecutors told the Springfield Journal-Register regarding 29-year-old Quincy Stone, and they say the move will allow the boy, now over a year-and-a-half old, to be adopted by his current foster parents.

Stone pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor last month after being originally charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Police said he had sex with a then-16-year-old girl, and the conception period was said to be December 2013.

Assistant State’s Attorney Chad Turner told the SJ-R there was an issue with the date of conception, and that the girl may have been 17; the aggravated sexual abuse charge stemmed from the claim the girl was 16.

The teen mother was arrested shortly after baby was found in a dumpster on West Lafayette Avenue in the August 2014 incident and charged with attempted murder. Almost exactly a year ago, the mother voluntarily severed all legal ties she had with the child after the family originally tried to get the baby back.

The next court appearance for the child’s mother is today.