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Federal Way woman avoids jail for leaving baby

Associated Press - August 15, 2009 1:55 PM ET

KENT, Wash. (AP) - A 23-year-old Federal Way woman who left her baby on a church doorstep has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service and a deferred 2-year term.

At Friday's sentencing, Sarah Christianson said she regretted her decision and was grateful she was still a part of her daughter's life.

Christianson pleaded guilty last month to third-degree abandonment of a dependent. Police say she gave birth on Sept. 28 and left the little girl outside Steel Lake Presbyterian Church. She turned herself in the next day.

It's legal in Washington to leave babies anonymously at fire stations and hospitals but not at churches. The baby girl is in the custody of her grandmother in Auburn.

Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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