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Woman gave newborn to couple she barely knows, Salt Lake police say

A woman who allegedly gave her newborn baby to a couple she had only met once was questioned by Salt Lake police Sunday.
A woman who allegedly gave her newborn baby to a couple she had only met once was questioned by Salt Lake police Sunday.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A woman who allegedly gave her newborn baby to a couple she had only met once was questioned Sunday by police.

But Salt Lake Police Sgt. Robin Heiden said Monday the woman had not been arrested, and she doubted that the woman would face charges.

Emergency dispatchers received a call from a couple near 2900 South and 1800 East about 7 p.m. Sunday, saying a friend of a friend who they had only met once came to them with her 3-month-old daughter and a diaper bag.

"She said she can't take care of her baby. 'Will you take her?'" Heiden said.

It was not known Monday why the mother felt she could no longer take care of baby. When police arrived, officers took the infant to the Christmas Box House and the Division of Child and Family Services was contacted, Heiden said.

Police say the baby was in good condition and appeared to be healthy.

Heiden reminded the public Monday that Utah's Safe Haven Law has been in effect since 2001. It allows those who don't believe they can properly care for newborn children to drop them off at any local hospital without any criminal repercussions.

There is also a 24-hour hotline for mothers who feel they are struggling to take care of their children, 866-458-0058.