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Mariska Hargitay adopts a baby girl with husband Peter Hermann

April 7, 2011 |  9:53 am

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