December 30, 2010
By Jeff Skrzypek
EUGENE, Ore. — The family of the Springfield woman accused of killing her newborn shortly after birth is remembering the infant boy they never got to meet.
It was a somber time, but one that the family of Angelica Swartout hopes brings a sense of closure.
And though they’ll never know Lucias Swartout, they say it’s the bond between loved ones that will help them get through his tragic death.
“I think it’s important for Lucias to be remembered as a person and not just gone,” said Jewel Sward, sister.
They sit and pray, fighting back the tears and the thought of what little Lucias could have been.
His life allegedly cut short by his mother Angelica Swartout shortly after birth. His body was tossed into a dumpster, never to be seen again.
“It’s hard to look at that stuff and just realize that we’re never going to meet him,” Sward said.
His big family had already picked out a nickname for him and knew he was going to be the most interesting man in the world.
Now all they can do is comfort each other when they question, what if?
“There have been a lot of things happen in our family that have been tough to weather. This has got to be the worst and just great sorrow,” said Ruth Anne Staley, adopted mother.
Great sorrow from the parents Angelica Swartout really ever knew.
Adopted mother Ruth Anne Staley says what comforts her is to know Lucias is in a better place, but it’s a struggle when thinking of her daughter Angelica.
“Angie, I love, always will, always have. She’s been a darling in our family. Kind of puts a hole in my heart,” Staley said.
A hole this family is trying to fill by coming together a bond they say they’ve discovered is more important now than ever.
“Lucias will always be a part of our family. He will be remembered even though we didn’t get a chance to know him,” Sward said.
The family says while this chapter of the story is coming to an end, they say the hardest part awaits.
Angelica Swartout is in the Lane County Jail and faces a murder charge.