Rozenna Luna's 6-month-old baby girl who she was attempting to give away at a Phoenix gas station. (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
Rozenna Luna (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A mother has been taken into police custody after police say she tried to give away her 6-month-old daughter at a Phoenix gas station.
Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department said investigators learned from witnesses that 36-year-old Rozenna Luna was asking strangers if they wanted a "free child" as she attempted to give the baby girl away to total strangers in the area of 2300 W. Bethany Home Road about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Thompson said Luna was intoxicated and had smoked methamphetamine two days before the incident.
According to investigators, Luna had made no attempts to contact safe haven locations, government agencies or family members for help.
The clerk at the convenience store called police but Luna also called police. She told police she called them because she knew she had misdemeanor warrants and would be arrested and go to jail, which meant she would not have to care for her baby.
Luna was arrested on one count of child abuse as well as misdemeanor warrants for her arrest.
Police said her baby, Elena, was not harmed. She was turned over to Child Protective Services, but the baby's father told CBS 5 News that he will do everything in his power to get her back.
"I got three kids with me and I want her back, you know, no matter what. I want that, I want her back," her father, Enrique Luna said.
Rozenna Luna made her first court appearance on Thursday afternoon when she was appointed an attorney and bond was set at $1,800.
Her next court date is scheduled for May 23.
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