- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say a woman allegedly gave her baby to a complete stranger because she couldn’t afford to care for the child.

Authorities say the 39-year-old mother approached another woman at a north Phoenix apartment complex Saturday night, telling her she didn’t have money to feed or clothe the infant.

The mother than allegedly handed her 3-month-old daughter to the woman before running off toward a mountainous area.

Police located her at a home with the baby’s father, along with a 12-year-old and an 18-month-old child. After interviewing the suspect, authorities had her transported for a psychiatric evaluation.

The baby is now with the father.

Police have not released the woman’s name. They say the investigation will go to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review.

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