Police: Woman gives baby to stranger

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Police are investigating after a woman reportedly gave her baby to a stranger.

It happened around 7 p.m. Saturday at an apartment complex near 19th and Peoria avenues.

Jennifer Argo said she was standing in front of her apartment complex when another woman approached her with an infant.

"She said that she didn't have anybody, she can't afford for her kid," Argo said. "She can't afford to feed them. Can't afford to clothe them. Can't afford to do anything for them and they've been sleeping outside. Handed me the kid and left."

Police said the 3-month-old baby was wearing only a diaper.

Phoenix firefighters turned the baby over to the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

Phoenix police said they located the 39-year-old mother at her home with several other occupants, including a 12-year-old child, a six-year-old child and an 18-month-old child, who were unharmed.

Police said the mother was incoherent and provided multiple accounts of what happened to her baby. She was transported to a psychiatric facility for evaluation.

The biological father spoke briefly with 3TV, saying he is concerned for his wife's mental health.

He told police he was treating the home for insects when he realized his wife had left. When she returned, she reportedly told him she had turned the baby over to the Department of Child Safety.

Police said the investigation will be submitted to the county attorney's office for review.

All of the children are now in the care of the Department of Child Safety.