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Mariska Hargitay adopts a baby girl with husband Peter Hermann

Mariska Hargitay adopts a baby girlMariska Hargitay has adopted a baby girl with husband Peter Hermann, the "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress said Wednesday.

"We are very excited that we are now a multi-racial family," Hargitay, 47, told People exclusively, saying they'd considered both international and domestic adoption. "We're just so happy she's here."

Amaya Josephine, who was born in the U.S. last week, joins big brother August, Gossip Cop reports. August, who turns 5 in June, participated in naming his new little sister, People said Thursday. "We all talked about names because everything is a family decision in our house," said the new mom, who'd labeled herself "deliriously happy."

"SVU fans: I guess I don't have to keep the secret any longer," costar Ice-T said late Wednesday on Twitter, linking to the adoption news.

A source told Us Magazine that the adoption was "a long time coming."

Hargitay has been part of the "SVU" cast since the series began in 1999. She and Hermann, an actor, married in 2004. Hargitay's mother was Jayne Mansfield, who died in a car accident in 1967.


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Photo: Mariska Hargitay at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in L.A. on Jan. 30. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (28)

I would like to know if Margaret Brennan , on Bloomberg
News is related to you? I think she looks alike like
you when you were a bit younger.

Chandler, AZ.

I hear that Mariska will be leaving SUV at the end of season
12, wants to be a full time mother to her two children.
She will be dearly missed. Loved her so much in that role,
but being a good mother to your kids is a much bigger role,
and a much more important one. I think she deserves a break
after 11 years as Benson. I wish her luck. Hope to see her
in something else in the future. Your Joyful Heart Foundation is a wonderful cause, and I will continue to give. You are a beautiful person In and Out
H. Osborne Chandler AZ.

so happy they had a US adoption. multiracial is wonderful but it needs to be one of OUR babies, not one of another country until all of our are cared for...

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