Danbury Mother Who Left Newborn Behind Danbury Grocery Store Charged: Police

A woman accused of abandoning a newborn baby behind a grocery store in Danbury in May has turned herself in to police. 

Danbury police said Anny Castillo, 22, turned herself in around 1:40 p.m. Thursday.

Castillo is accused of leaving her newborn baby boy behind the Zaytuna Grocery Store, at 397 Main St., on May 21. The child was found wrapped in woman's clothing and was taken to Danbury Hospital for treatment. At that time police put out a call asking the public to help identify the child’s mother, and Castillo came forward. 

The child was said to be in good health and was turned over to the Department of Children and Families for placement.

Castillo was charged with abandonment of a child under six years, risk of injury, and cruelty to persons and her case has been continued to Aug. 16.

Connecticut has had a Safe Haven law in effect since 2000, which allows a parent to bring an infant 30 days or younger to a hospital emergency room and avoid prosecution for abandonment. For more information, visit the state’s website. 

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