ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A 17-year-old girl is charged with child abuse and abandonment after leaving her 2-month-old baby at a party, police told Albuquerque TV station KOAT.
The Bernalillo County sheriff's office is trying to determine whether a 2-month-old left at a party is a case of child neglect, kidnapping or both.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office said it received a call from the girl around 8 a.m. Thursday, telling deputies she could not find her child.
Deputies said she told them she had last seen her baby at a party the night before.
Sheriff's deputies said the girl could only think of the first name of the person who may have taken the child. A detective was able to identify that person by looking through old traffic tickets.
Authorities found the baby Thursday afternoon with a 16-year-old girl who had diapers, formula and other baby care items.
"Was it [that] the mother got somehow intoxicated or impaired and forgot the child? Was it the 16-year-old took the child, or kidnapped the child for some other purpose? We just don't know," sheriff's Sgt. Mark Kmatz said.
The baby is now in the custody of the Children, Youth and Families Department.