An Arizona mother handed over her 3-month-old baby to a stranger, after saying that she couldn’t afford to feed the infant in addition to her six other children.
The infant girl was only wearing a onesie and a thin hat when passerby Jennifer Argo received the child at an apartment complex in Phoenix. The event occurred around 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
“I looked at my neighbor and was like ‘she is not coming back…’ and she didn’t, and she never came back," Argo said.
Argo later learned that the woman lived nearby. She said that the woman made her “sick” and that she couldn’t imagine just handing her child off to someone. Argo fed the child who she reported felt cold.
Although the unnamed 39-year-old mother also said that her remaining children were on a mountain, police found no such thing to be true after searching nearby locations. Eventually, police tracked the woman down, who was incoherent and provided varying accounts of how her baby had gone missing. She was taken to a psychiatric care center for evaluation.
The baby’s father reported that the mother had disappeared from their apartment while he treated the home for insects. When she returned, she said she had given the child to the Arizona Department of Child Safety. The baby was later handed back to the father.
At the time of the return, three other children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years were at the apartment.
The investigation will be submitted to the County Attorney’s office for review.