A newborn girl was left abandoned and crying at a Hawaii beach soon after she was born, laying in the sand, human services officials said Monday, according to the Associated Press.
The full-term, 8-pound newborn was left "abandoned immediately after birth," state Department of Human Services Director Patricia McManaman said.
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A woman parked at Sandy Beach in east Honolulu sometime between 11 p.m. Sunday and midnight heard several people screaming, police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said. A few minutes later the screaming stopped and the woman heard a baby crying.
She walked toward the ocean and saw a newborn girl left on the sand. The woman took the newborn baby to a hospital. Police are investigating the case as endangering the welfare of a minor and child abandonment.
The abandoned baby, who had been found naked, was doing well and drinking formula at the Queen's Medical Center, McManaman said. "We're just very grateful this child is alive and doing well," she said.
If no one comes forward to claim the child, the Department of Human Services will file a petition this week with family court, asking for custody. A hearing will be held by Monday. If no family is identified, the state will ask the court for permission to release a photo of the infant on Monday, McManaman said.
In 2007, Hawaii became the 48th state with a baby safe haven law, said state Rep. John Mizuno. The law provides immunity from prosecution for leaving an unharmed newborn within 72 hours of birth at a fire department, police station or hospital or with emergency services.
The baby safe haven hotline is 800-494-3991.
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