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6-month-old girl left at hospital

March 02, 2009|-- Susannah Rosenblatt and Garrett Therolf

A baby girl abandoned at a mid-city Los Angeles hospital over the weekend was expected to be reunited with her mother, police said Sunday.

The 6-month-old's grandparents contacted police after seeing TV news reports of her arrival at Olympia Medical Center, police said. The girl appeared clean and well-cared for, and police do not suspect that the mother abandoned her. They expected to reunite the girl and her mother late Sunday or early today.

California's safe-surrender law allows parents to turn over newborn infants to hospitals and fire stations without legal jeopardy, 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 video footage leaving her at the facility.

Police did not release the names of the infant or mother.

-- Susannah Rosenblatt and Garrett Therolf

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