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L.A. police continue abandoned-baby investigation

March 2, 2009 |  8:43 am

Los Angeles police are continuing their investigation into why a man apparently abandoned a baby girl at a mid-city hospital and said today that "his involvement is still being considered for criminal prosecution."

Police said the baby girl was reunited with her mother after the 6-month-old's grandparents contacted police when they saw televised news reports that she had been dropped off late Saturday night at Olympia Medical Center. The mother apparently left the child with her biological father for a weekend visit, police said. Half an hour later, the child was brought to the hospital by a man who was not her father. The 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 unidentified man went to the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Station on Sunday after his own mother "saw his picture on TV, contacted him and advised him to go speak to detectives," said Norma Eisenman of the LAPD.

"He has not been booked at this time, but criminal charges may be sought upon further interviews of involved parties and additional evidence secured," Eisenman said. Police said today that they were still trying to locate the girl's father. They did not release the names of the infant, her mother, her father or the man who dropped her off.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz