A suburban St. Louis teen mom desperate to live the life of a normal young adult gave away her toddler to a known heroin user, then claimed the woman kidnapped the tot, cops say.
But court papers paint a sinister plot of a young woman more concerned with partying than caring for her 16-month-old son.
Earlier this month, Cozzoni drew up non-legal papers granting a heroin user, who’d lost custody of her own kids, rights to care for her child so Cozzoni could live the life of “a normal teenager,” court documents obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch read.
Cozzoni even changed her phone number to prevent the woman, described as unemployed, homeless and living in motels, from contacting her.
The woman bought heroin daily and frequently used it in front of Cozzoni and the boy, both of whom crashed with the woman often, the newspaper reported.
Eventually, Cozzoni called St. Charles cops to report the woman had kidnapped her son.
Police say the report was bogus and charged Cozzoni with making a false report, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Cops found a pipe with marijuana residue in the teen’s purse when they booked her into jail, the Post-Dispatch reported.
Cozzoni posted $2,500 jail on Tuesday and was released. It’s unclear who now has custody of the boy, but Cozzoni, a frequent Facebook user, wrote that her first supervised visit with the child was scheduled for Thursday.
“I just wish I weren’t a bad mom,” she wrote Tuesday evening. “I wish none of this happened. I just want my baby back.”