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Mom Allegedly Handed Baby Off To Stranger In Laundromat, Saying He'd 'Be Better Off'

Police say they were able to track down the mother who they say gave her son to a random woman, though there's been no announcement regarding possible criminal charges.

By Gina Tron
Facts About Infant Abandonment and Safe Havens

Police in Pennsylvania say a mother gave her baby boy to a stranger she met in a laundromat, telling that person her son would be better off with them.

A woman called police on Tuesday to say she'd just been handed the boy at the Royal Laundromat in Scranton, WOLF-TV in Wilkes-Barre reports.

"Allegedly, this woman handed over the baby to her, saying that the baby would be better off with her and walked away," Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano told the local outlet. 

Soon after the boy was abandoned, police released a photo of him in hopes of tracking down his mother. He’s believed to be between 12 and 16 months old, they noted. They tweeted out and posted on Facebook that they were looking for his mom, and included a description of both her and a man she was spotted with at the laundromat.

Just hours after posting the boy’s photo on social media, police said they received a tip which led them to locate the child’s mother. She spoke with investigators on Tuesday night, police said.

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Neither she nor the baby have been publicly identified.

The boy is now in the care of the Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services, WOLF-TV reports. It is not clear if the mother will face any criminal charges.

Graziano said the baby appears to be in good health.

“And we have had the baby checked out by the hospital and the hospital did not find any known medical issues with the baby,” he told WOLF-TV.