Authorities: Mom gave up baby to suspected dealer

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2009 5:15 PM

Authorities say a Salt Lake City woman told them she gave her 9-month-old daughter to a suspected drug dealer because she was homeless, addicted to methamphetamine and unable to care for the girl.

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Don Hutson says deputies found the child Monday while searching a home as part of a drug investigation.

He says a 38-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine told officers that she had been caring for the child for a week. He also says the woman had a document allegedly signed by the girl's 23-year-old mother transferring guardianship of the child.

The child has been taken into state custody. No charges are pending against the mother but Hutson says an investigation is ongoing.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,