In Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, the central character is Bod, which is short for "Nobody." His last name is Owens, named for the married ghost-couple that agrees to raise him.
When he is a baby, Bod's parents and sister are murdered, but Bod has innocently wandered away (losing his diaper on the way) from the scene of the murder before the killer can dispose of him as well.
Mrs. Owens never had children of her own. The spirit of Bod's dead mother appears as the murderer tries to gain entrance into the graveyard. To Mrs. Owens she says:
My baby! He is trying to harm my baby!...Protect my son!
Mrs. Owens knows this is the baby's mother—and she believes that it is her duty to care for the boy—because she has given the boy's mother her word. With her husband's agreement, she talks to the others in the graveyard who debate the issue of...
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