Abandoned baby girl to be reunited with mother
A baby girl abandoned at a Mid City Los Angeles hospital over the weekend was expected to be reunited with her mother tonight, police said.
The 6-month-old’s grandparents contacted police after seeing televised news reports that she had been dropped off at Olympia Medical Center late Saturday night, said Los Angeles Police Officer Karen Smith. The little girl appeared clean, healthy and well cared for, and police do not suspect that the mother abandoned her.
An unidentified man dropped the girl off at the hospital, asking an employee to care for her without providing any information about the baby or her circumstances, and then quickly left, police said. California’s safe-surrender law allows parents to turn over newborns to hospitals and fire stations without legal repercussions, but only if the child is 3 days old or younger.
The mother apparently had left the baby girl with her biological father for a weekend visit, Smith said. A half-hour later, the child was brought to the hospital by a man who was not her father, according to Smith. Police have not located the girl’s father, and have not identified the man seen on hospital security footage leaving her at the facility.
Police did not release the names of the infant or mother.
-- Susannah Rosenblatt and Garrett Therolf