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Local News in Brief : Child to Get Foster Care

November 10, 1987

A mother accused of abducting her 16-month-old boy from protective custody at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys remained in jail Monday, while doctors said the boy is healthy enough to be released from the hospital and will be placed with foster parents this week.

The mother, Diana Allen, 30, was arrested on suspicion of child-stealing and was being held in lieu of $16,000 bail pending arraignment, Los Angeles police said. Allen, who had been living in a half-way house for drug addicts in North Hollywood, returned her child to the hospital Sunday after hearing news reports that his life could be in danger if he did not receive medication.

The child, William H. Moriarty Jr., was abducted Saturday night after being hospitalized since Sept. 30, suffering from severe head injuries allegedly inflicted by his father, police said. The father, William H. Moriarty Sr., 28, has been charged with one count of felony child endangering.

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