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Maryland woman charged for desertion of two-month-old baby at church

Anne Arundel County police charged a woman Monday with neglect and desertion of a minor after she allegedly left her two-month-old baby boy near the side entrance of a church in Severn and then drove to a Comfort Inn in Fredericksburg, Va.

They said Pettricia Finch-Miller, 32, of Millersville left the infant at Grace Point Presbyterian Church in the 600 block of Donald Avenue in Severn, where police recovered the child around noon Monday.

The boy was taken to a hospital for minor injuries from exposure, police said.

They said Finch-Miller had apparently abandoned him in his carseat under the church’s porch before driving away in a Chevrolet Venture with her 10-year-old and 13-year-old daughters.

Police said they found Finch-Miller and her daughters at a Comfort Inn located in the 5400 block of Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg. The daughters were in good condition, they said.

Maryland has a safe haven law that allows mothers to leave newborn babies at certain hospitals and police stations in the state without fear of arrest or prosecution. But this infant was two months old, and was left at a church, not designated by the state as a safe haven location.

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