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.
A traffic investigation is underway in Ooltewah.
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
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