DES MOINES, Iowa (WHO) -- 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.