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Girl who reported Dumpster baby in Colorado Springs turns out to be mom

7:20 PM, Dec 6, 2012   |    comments
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According to police, when they arrived on the scene in the 300 block of Shadow Ridge Grove, they interviewed a 17-year-old girl who reportedly found the baby. 

It was determined later that she was the mother of the baby and that the baby was never "in or near the trash container."

According to 9NEWS Reporter Meagan Fitzgerald, the mom had the baby on Tuesday and went to take the trash out on Wednesday with the baby. At that point, she started screaming to get her mother's attention, claiming she had found the baby next to the Dumpster.

Meagan says the mom did not want to tell her mom that she had a baby and thought she could just say she found it.

The baby was placed in protective custody and looked to be 6- to 12-hours-old.

The mother of the infant may be charged with influencing a public official or false reporting.

The Colorado Springs Police Department wants to remind Colorado Springs residents the State of Colorado has a Safe Haven Law, which allows a parent to relinquish custody of a baby, 72 hours old or less, to an employee at a hospital or fire station without penalty of prosecution.

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