Special needs woman abandoned at TN bar will return to Illinois

7:16 PM, Jul 25, 2012   |    comments
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  • 19 year-old Lynn Cameron leaves the Claiborne County Courthouse Wednesday after a custody hearing.

A mentally disabled woman who was abandoned by her mother at a Tennessee bar will be returning to her home state of Illinois.

On June 28, 19-year-old Lynn Cameron was left at the Big Orange Bar in Caryville.   Police spent several days trying to determine her identity because of her inability to communicate. They have described her maturity level as that of a 2-year-old.

Eventually, they traced the woman back to Algonquin, Ill., where she lived with her mother, Eva Cameron.  Cameron returned to Tennessee briefly, but told authorities she was not interested in taking her daughter home with her.

Authorities in Tennessee and Illinois worked together to determine if Eva Cameron broke any laws by abandoning her daughter, but were not able to charge her.

Since being abandoned in Campbell County, Lynn Cameron has been in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Human Services.  She has been staying at the Michael Dunn Center in Roane County.

Now, though, she will return to Illinois.  At a hearing Wednesday, Judge John McAfee relieved the Tennessee Department of Human Services of legal custody for Lynn Cameron.  The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will transport her to Illinois Thursday.  Officials there say have located a suitable residence for her.

In August, the District Attorney's office in Tennessee will ask a grand jury to consider charging Eva Cameron with "willful exploitation of an impaired adult".  That charge is a Class E felony.

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