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A Utah Woman Decluttered Her Car. Then, She Put Her Baby in a Stranger’s Driveway and Drove Away, Cops Say.

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Aug. 18 2023, Published 3:02 p.m. ET

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A Utah woman has been arrested after she allegedly left her 2-month-old baby on a curb and then drove away, according to authorities.

On Aug. 15, police said the woman, later identified as 36-year-old Kylie Lynn Smith, reportedly drove into a stranger’s driveway and hit the homeowner’s truck, KSTU reported.

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Witnesses told police that Smith said her baby was sick and she had to get to a hospital. Smith then allegedly got into the truck she hit and tried to start the engine before the witnesses pulled her out.

Smith returned to her SUV and started pulling things out and setting them on the curb – including a car seat with the baby, according to arrest documents.

She then got back into her vehicle and drove away, KSTU reported.

Officers arrived at the scene and found a FedEx box with an address in St. George, so they headed to the location.

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Another officer, however, reported seeing the vehicle before police arrived in St. George, and the vehicle sped away at about 100 miles per hour, officials said.

Police managed to catch up with Smith and arrested her. Officials said she was slurring her words and didn’t know her name.

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The baby involved in the incident had a small scratch on her cheek and a rash, but otherwise appeared to be in good health, authorities said. She was taken to a nearby hospital for an evaluation, but no update has been given.

Smith was charged with child abandonment, failing to stop at the command of police, theft, child abuse, reckless driving and intoxication, according to authorities.


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