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Chino Hills gets court judgment against alleged maternity hotel

February 12, 2013 |  3:57 pm

Molly Welch,  right, and other protesters gather outside San Bernardino County Superior Court recently to protest an alleged Chino Hills maternity hotel. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

The owner of an alleged “maternity hotel” in Chino Hills has agreed to shut down and to fix all building code violations.

The city of Chino Hills had already obtained an injunction to stop the hotel from operating, and the property appeared to be vacant, according to city officials.

City officials alleged that the hilltop mansion on Woodglen Drive was illegally subdivided into 17 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms.  A massive sewage spill in September appeared to be caused by an overloaded septic system. The hotel allegedly housed women from China who traveled to the United States to give birth.

A group called Not in Chino Hills was formed to protest the alleged hotel and other birth tourism operations in the area.

In a stipulated judgment filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court on Feb. 11, Hai Yong Wu of Los Angeles Hermas Inc. agreed to cease operating a business in a residential zone. He also agreed to remedy all code violations, including exposed electrical wiring and a lack of smoke alarms, before reoccupying the property.    

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Photo: Molly Welch,  right, and other protesters gather outside San Bernardino County Superior Court recently to protest an alleged Chino Hills maternity hotel. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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