Sara D. Ball is being held in the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of desertion or nonsupport of a child after Boise police say she left her infant son in the home of an acquaintance earlier this month and refused to come back and get him.
Police were called about the case Dec. 2. That person told officers that Ball was at her house the night before with her son and planned to stay the night. When that person woke up the next morning, the boy was alone in the room and Ball was gone.
Police say there was evidence the boy had been left alone overnight with no care Ball did not leave diapers of food for the child, according to reports. The resident told police they had several contacts with Ball on Dec. 2 but Ball refused to pick up the baby or provide support. Police declared the baby to be in imminent danger and the child was then put in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Police were looking for Ball to talk about what happened when she turned herself in to her parole officer Monday. Police arrested her a short time later and booked her into the jail.
The 29-year-old Ball will make her initial court appearance later Tuesday.
The crime of desertion or nonsupport of a child is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.