DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB) - A mother who abandoned her baby last month now faces charges.

Seventeen-year-old Melissa Rangel faces several charges, including cruelty to a child and reckless conduct.

Police found the child in the cab of a broken down dump truck in the Dawnville Road area.

Prosecutors say this case is rare.

In most cases where a newborn is abandoned, the child often dies.

The baby lived and has been placed in the care of an older relative.