New details released on baby left with stranger

Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

(KSL News) Police are releasing more details about an 8-month-old baby dropped off at the home of a Salt Lake City woman yesterday.

Police say the child's mother, Dana Averett, went into a 7-Eleven store with her 3-year-old yesterday and left the baby with a man she didn't know.

The man took off with the child and left it with Joy Johnson, who was playing outside with her own children. He told Johnson he had saved the baby from a bad situation.

New details released on baby left with stranger

Police say the baby had an ear infection a stuffy nose, and smelled like urine. They say after the man took off with the baby, Averett made no attempts to contact police or ask anyone for help.

Officers arrested Averett for reckless endangerment, and both children are now in the custody of the Division of Child and Family Services.

Related stories

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics



Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast