PHOENIX - A 36-year-old woman is behind bars after police say she tried to give her daughter away.
Phoenix police spokesman Tommy Thompson said on Wednesday around 5:15 p.m., officers were called to a convenience store near 23rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road after a woman called to say she could not care for her child anymore.
When officers arrived, witnesses told police Rozenna Luna was offering strangers her 6-month-old little girl for free.
"I don't know how she could do that," said Luna's ex-husband and the baby's father, Enrique. "I'm getting more mad."
Police said the mother, who had been drinking and had smoked methamphetamine earlier in the week, made no attempt to contact any safe haven locations, government agencies or family members for assistance.
The individuals, who were approached by Luna, told the cashier inside the store about the woman's offer. The cashier then called police.
Authorities said Luna called police, too, but only after she had tried to give the baby away.
Thompson said Luna told officers she called because she had misdemeanor warrants and would be arrested and go to jail, which meant she would not have to care for the baby girl.
Officials said Luna was booked into jail, charged with one count of child abuse, as well as the misdemeanor warrants for her arrest.
The child was turned over to Child Protective Services.
Enrique told ABC15 he wants to gain custody of the baby