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Danbury woman accused of abandoning baby appears in court

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A Danbury woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby behind a grocery store was arraigned Friday.

Police say 22-year-old Anny Castillo was arrested Thursday, nearly two months after the crime.

Castillo is charged with abandonment of a child under the age of 6, risk of injury and cruelty to persons.

The charges are from May 21, when police say a baby boy was found alone and crying in the bushes behind Zaytuna Grocery Store in Danbury.

The hours-old baby was wrapped in women's clothing, a scarf and a blanket.

Court documents show someone recognized the shirt from a church group Castillo belonged to, and contacted the family.

Castillo came forward a few days after the incident, but police only released her name Thursday.

The 22-year-old said she told only the baby's father of the pregnancy. He later blocked communication from her.

Castillo said she gave birth to the baby in her room by herself.

The judge issued a protective order that prohibits Castillo from having any contact with the baby. She is out on a $1,500 bond.

The child is currently being cared for by the Department of Children and Families. He is reported to be in good health.

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