A 23-year-old mother spent two nights in jail after being arrested for child endangerment.
Danae Haynes admits to living in a garage with her boyfriend and 10-month-old baby for the last two months.
Haynes spoke with channel 13 in her first interview since her release from jail.
In her mind, Danae Haynes considers herself a good mother.
“She’s my life, she is the air in my lungs, the sun in my day and the rain after the rainbow,” smiles Haynes.
Others have questioned her parenting, after she kept her daughter, in her boyfriend’s aunt’s cluttered garage with only a space heater for two months.
“Granted they say it was a fire hazard and I take responsibility for that but I was doing what I could as a mom to support and provide shelter for my family.”
Haynes says she had no choice but to keep her daughter, Cylette, in the garage. She was turned away from shelters that were too full.
“What do you do when you get to a certain point where there is no one to help you anymore? You do what you can.”
After police found drugs and a large knife, near where the child was sleeping, the baby remains in the states custody. Hayne’s mother, Marnie Varvel, says they’re very familiar with the Department of Human Services.
“I hate to see her have to go through this. I know how it is. I know she`s feeling. I know exactly what she’s going through,” says Varvel.
Varvel lost custody of her daughter when she [Haynes] was four years old. She fears history is repeating itself.
“Human Service is about keeping people together and finding solutions, not ripping them apart and putting them in other people’s house.”
Varvel says she didn’t let Haynes live with her because she’s too independent, however Varvel did not know she was living in the garage.Haynes says she never put her child in danger and feels she was wrongly accused.
“Both the police and the doctor stated that my child was healthy and there was nothing wrong.”
Haynes says her plan for living in the garage was temporary. She was going to school and hoped to get a job soon. Haynes boyfriend, 22 – year – old, Justin Sorter, is still being held in the Polk County Jail under several charges.