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Nebraska Dad Who Dumped Kids is a Father-to-Be

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 11:21 am in Just Bizarre.

Teen depression You remember that Nebraska Safe Haven Law that yielded unexpected results when parents started abandoning their teens too? One father, Gary Staton, abandoned nine of his ten children. Now comes news that Staton is going to be a father again. Ahem.

After Staton’s wife died of a cerebral aneurysm in 2007, he was left to raise their 10 children, then ages 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, on his own. But rather than ask family members for help last summer, he told his nine younger children they were going to a grief counseling session at the Creighton University Medical Center and he dumped them there. (By then, the oldest was legally an adult.) Now, Staton’s girlfriend is PREGNANT. And one can only imagine what his other children are thinking.

“So how does a guy who claimed he’d have a vasectomy if he had the thousand dollars end up a father again?” asks StrollerDerby’s Jeanne Sager. “I feel for Staton’s kids… They now have to face the fact that their dad has moved on not from the death of their mother but from THEM.”

ThatsJustNotRight’s Clarissa is blunter, “Anyone got $1000? Or a soldering iron? I figure either one will work just fine.”

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