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Charges filed against mother who left baby on sidewalk in the Avenues

Published July 11, 2013 8:21 am

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Prosecutors charged a Salt Lake City woman with a felony Wednesday after she allegedly abandoned her baby on a sidewalk Monday morning.

Jamie Dawn Todd, 32, is now facing one count of abuse or neglect of a disabled child, a third-degree felony. Salt Lake City police Lt. Gary Trost said a judge also issued a $25,000 warrant for Todd's arrest. Todd was not taken into custody Monday when her baby was found, but Trost described her as a "wanted person" Wednesday.

The charges and warrant stem from an incident that began Monday at 5:30 a.m., when a jogger discovered a 2-month-old boy in a stroller near 260 N. "A" St. The woman reportedly found the stroller beside several garbage cans. When she didn't see anyone nearby, she called police.

After police arrived, they searched the baby's diaper bag and found drug paraphernalia as well as information identifying Todd as the mother.

Police documents reveal that Todd contacted police more than four hours later, about 10 a.m., saying that she was looking for her son. Salt Lake City police Detective Veronica Montoya said Tuesday that Todd "really didn't have an excuse [for officers]. That's why charges are being screened against" her.

Prosecutors could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

The baby was taken into the custody of the Utah Division of Child and Family Services.

jdalrymple@sltrib.com

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