ANNAPOLIS, Calif. — An abandoned baby girl born with an apparent AIDS infection has found a home at a Roman Catholic monastery.
"I think the problem of where to place unwanted babies with AIDS is going to be ever growing," Brother Tolbert McCarroll said in announcing that the Starcross Monastery is caring for its first AIDS baby.
"I think this whole phenomenon is going to move a whole lot faster now," McCarroll said. "We must move from hysteria to compassion. Northern California had better get ready."
The 5-month-old baby has been named Michelle, weighs nine pounds and is "quite a scrapper," he said Monday.
The fact that the child is carrying the AIDS antibody does not necessarily mean she will develop the fatal disease.
The 110-acre monastery, about 75 miles north of Santa Rosa, received nationwide publicity last year when it unveiled plans to provide a foster home for unwanted children afflicted with acquired immune deficiency syndrome.