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JSO arrests mother of abandoned baby for neglect
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the case of a baby who was abandoned outside of a vacant apartment unit last week.

The 15-year-old mother of the baby, Amber Aundriana Collins, has been arrested for Child Neglect, which is a second degree felony, according to JSO.

Police responded to the Huntington Apartments at 3333 Monument Road 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24. They found the baby wrapped only in a towel.

The baby was found outside unit 1112, which has been vacant since July. After she was found, she was taken to a local hospital. She was only a few hours old when she was found. She is now doing well.

On Tuesday, JSO received a call from Collins' mother, who stated that she thought her daughter had given birth to the baby.

Collins on Wednesday admitted to police that she left the baby at the vacant apartment.

Cristessa Myers and her two young sons initially found the infant on the second floor of their apartment complex. Her 7-year-old first spotted the baby girl.

According to Florida's Safe Haven Law, a child 7 days old or younger can
be left at a fire station, emergency medical services station or
hospital without any recourse.

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