Mother Gives Birth in Motel, Newborn Found in Poor Condition

Mother Gives Birth in Motel, Newborn Found in Poor Condition

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A newborn baby is in state custody this afternoon after police find the infant dehydrated and in poor shape at a Salt Lake City motel.

Officers say dispatch received an anonymous complaint yesterday about a two-day-old baby at a motel room that was NOT doing well. When officers arrived, they found the mother, 24-year-old Mallisa Kooyman, hiding in the bathroom.

Police say Kooyman gave birth to the premature baby girl a couple of days ago in the motel room and had not taken her newborn daughter to the hospital. According to fire officials, the baby was dehydrated.

The state Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) took custody of the baby, and had her transported to the hospital.

Police say Kooyman was taken to jail on warrants.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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