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Woman Discovers Newborn Left On Beach

Honolulu

Honolulu

A woman apparently gave birth on a beach in Hawaii and abandoned the baby on the spot.

According to Yahoo news a second woman parked at Sandy Beach in East Honolulu over the weekend said it was around midnight when she heard several people screaming for a few minutes. The screaming stopped and she heard a baby crying so she walked toward the cries. She tells police she saw an infant lying on the sand and took it straight to the hospital.

The full-term, 8-pound newborn was “abandoned immediately after birth,” state Department of Human Services Director Patricia McManaman said.

The baby is doing well and if no one claims the child the Department of Human Services will file a petition with family court, asking for custody. Incidentally, Hawaii has a baby safe haven law which offers immunity from prosecution if you leave your baby within 72 hours of birth at a hospital, fire department or police station so there is no reason to leave a newborn on a beach.

Since 2007, when the law was created, no one has left a baby with emergency services. The baby safe haven hotline is 800-494-3991.

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