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Mom who abandoned baby wants her back

Associated Press
Published April 23, 2005

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - A woman who abandoned her baby outside a police station says she wants the 2-month-old back, but that will be up to the courts.

Police said no charge will be filed against the woman, although her baby, who is in good condition, is too old to fit under a state law that lets a person abandon a newborn at certain facilities without prosecution.

An officer saw the woman leave the baby in a car seat near the main police station Wednesday night, police Chief John Van Etten said. She also left formula, diapers, a children's book and a note saying, "Please find a loving home for my baby. ... My conditions are preventing me from taking care of her."

Van Etten said charging the woman "would only discourage other mothers from doing the right thing."

[Last modified April 23, 2005, 00:54:19]

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