Woman arrested after allegedly trying to give away baby at gas station

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by Andrew Michalscheck

Video report by Marie Saavedra

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 7:20 AM

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police said they arrested a woman Wednesday afternoon after she allegedly tried to give away her 6-month-old baby at a gas station.

Police said Rozenna Luna, 36, approached four people at a gas station near 23rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road and asked if they wanted to take her child.

When the people declined her offer, Luna reportedly used a pay phone to call 9-1-1 and ask police to take care of her baby.

Officers arrived at the gas station and spoke with Luna, at which time she revealed that she had gotten into a fight with her ex-husband four days ago and had been living in a motel.

According to court documents, Luna had been riding with her son on Wednesday when they got into an argument and she exited the vehicle.

Not wanting to sit at a bus stop with her child, Luna reportedly walked to the gas station to see if anyone wanted her baby.

Police said Luna admitted to drinking earlier in the day and to smoking methamphetamine two days prior.

She also reportedly told officers that she called 9-1-1 because she knew she would eventually get arrested for warrants.

Court documents reveal that Luna told police that she was hoping to give her child to another woman, and that she was not worried for her baby’s safety because she believed that anyone looking to do harm wouldn’t take her child at a gas station.

Police said the area where the gas station is located experiences a high amount of crime, with several sex offenders living within a mile of the gas station.

Luna was subsequently arrested on one count of child abuse.

The baby, who was not injured during the incident, was turned over to Child Protective Services.

Click here to see Luna's first court appearance
 

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