St. Charles police have arrested a woman who they say gave away her baby to a heroin user and then filed a fake kidnapping report.

Eighteen-year-old Desiree Cozzoni was released from jail Tuesday after posting $2,500 bond on misdemeanor charges of making a false report, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. She tells police she gave up her 16-month-old son because she wanted to "live the life of a normal teenager."

Police say she gave away the child earlier this month to a woman who bought and used heroin daily, often in front of Cozzoni and her son. It's unclear why she filed the kidnapping report.

Cozzoni declined to comment Thursday when contacted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Terry Patton