A welfare agency in Ft. Lauderdale was granted temporary custody of a baby boy born to a mentally ill woman who refused to have a court-ordered abortion. The Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services hoped to eventually place the infant with one of the mother’s relatives, a spokesman said. Broward County Judge John Miller granted the agency temporary custody of Michael LeFebvre, the child born last week to Denise LeFebvre, 29. The agency sought custody of the child on grounds of negligence. LeFebvre spent much of her pregnancy strapped to her bed to protect hospital workers from her violent outbursts.
Nation IN BRIEF : FLORIDA : Agency Gets Mental Patient’s Baby Boy
From Times Staff and Wire Reports