Day Careless?

A woman goes to school and loses custody of her child

What is a single mother to do? Jennifer Ireland, 19, wanted to get on with her life. In high school in 1990 she became pregnant by her boyfriend, Steven Smith. She had a baby girl, Maranda. Unmarried but with help from her mother, she raised the child for three years, with little involvement by Steven, who last year began paying $12 a week in child support. Last year Ireland enrolled at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor on a scholarship. While in school, she put Maranda in day care. Wrong move.

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