Woman arrested for trying to give away baby, police say

Woman arrested for trying to give away baby, police say

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Rozenna Luna Rozenna Luna
PHOENIX -

Phoenix Police have arrested a woman who they say was asking strangers at a gas station if they wanted "a free child."

36-year-old Rozenna Luna is facing one count of child abuse.

Wednesday evening, officers were called to a convenience store at 23rd Ave and West Bethany Home Road. Luna was there with her 6-month-old daughter. Witnesses told police she was trying to give her daughter away.

"I saw her walking with the baby to people," says William Castillo, AM/PM store clerk. "One customer comes to me and says she is giving out the baby, she doesn't want it anymore."

Police say Luna had been drinking and had smoked methamphetamine within the past few days.

Police say that Luna had made no attempts to turn her daughter over to a safe haven location, government agency, or family members.

After four people turned her down, Luna herself called police to self-surrender on outstanding misdemeanor warrants, so that she would no longer have to be responsible for the baby.

"As soon as she saw the cops over here she just walked over here to the store. They tried helping her. They argued. And then they just handcuffed her and took her," says Castillo.

Later Thursday, we spoke to the baby's father.

"What kind of mother gives a newborn baby away. I am torn, I am torn, I need my baby back... no matter what I need my baby back," says Enrique Luna.

Rozenna Luna was booked into jail on the child abuse count and warrants, held on $1,800 bail. The child was turned over to Child Protective Services.

According to court documents, several sex offenders live within a mile of that location, known as a high-crime area.


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