Pa. Mom Seeking 'Fresh Start,' Abandons Baby in Woods: Cops

Police say the 24-year-old mom told them she was having trouble at home

Friday, Mar 1, 2013  |  Updated 1:58 PM EDT
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Mom Wants 'Fresh Start,' Abandons Baby in Woods: Cops

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Police say a western Pennsylvania mother seeking a "fresh start" abandoned her 8-month-old daughter in the woods with a bottle of milk.
 
Police say 24-year-old Jennifer Cutruzzula, of Wilmerding, walked into the woods Wednesday night and dropped off the baby.

A neighbor who saw Curuzzula leave the woods without the child found the baby crawling on her stomach along a muddy hillside and alerted authorities.
 
Temperatures were in the mid-30s with light rain falling.
 
Police say Cutruzzula told them she was having difficulty at home and wanted "a fresh start."

Pennsylvania is one of 49 states that offers mothers a safe -- and legal -- alternatives to abandoning their babies. The Safe Haven Law allows parents to relinquish babies at any hospital in the state without fear of criminal prosecution, provided that the child is unharmed. The law, however, only applies to newborns up to 28 days old.
 
Cutruzzula is charged with endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering. She's being held on $50,000 bond.

The baby is doing fine.  

 


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