911 Call released in baby giveaway case

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
Rozenna Luna By Andrew Michalscheck Rozenna Luna By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Authorities have released the 911 call allegedly made by a mother who was trying to abandoned her baby.

Phoenix police arrested Rozenna Luna, 36, in May after she allegedly tried to give away her 6-month-old baby at a gas station near 23rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Luna approached four people at the gas station and asked if they wanted to take her baby.

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.

This is a partial transcript of that call:

Dispatcher: "What's going on?"

Luna: "It's not an emergency but I need somebody to come get my baby."

Dispatcher: "What's wrong?

Luna: "I have no place to take her to."

Dispatcher: "Do you need a shelter?"

Luna: "I basically just don't want her right now. I just need someone else to take her."

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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