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October 29, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A 15-year-old girl was abandoned by her father at an Omaha hospital, bringing to 22 the number of children left under the state's safe-haven law since it took effect in July. The girl is a state resident, Children and Family Services division director Todd Landry said in a statement. Nebraska's safe-haven law is the only one in the country that lets caregivers leave children as old as 18 at a state-licensed hospital without fear of prosecution.
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October 28, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Riccardi is a Times staff writer.
A woman drove from suburban Atlanta to Nebraska this weekend to leave her 12-year-old son at a hospital, making him the 20th child abandoned under a unique state law that has raised questions across the country about overwhelmed parents. Since July, Nebraska has allowed parents to leave children younger than 18 at medical facilities without facing criminal penalties.
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August 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A 6-year-old girl playing hide-and-seek with her grandmother found a newborn baby girl abandoned in a lot next to her Syracuse home. Lilliana Williams-Rodriguez told her grandmother Thursday evening that she had found a doll in the bushes. But Thelma Williams, 55, who has six children, knew right away the baby lying motionless in the weeds was no doll. She called 911 and wrapped the baby in clothing until firefighters arrived. Police estimated the child had been born an hour or two earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Police are looking for the family of a baby girl found crawling alone on a sidewalk. Officer Kate Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday that the girl is about 6 months old and in good health. Lopez said the baby was found Monday in the Newton neighborhood. Police believe she had not been left alone for long. The girl has been placed under the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Lopez said police hope to locate relatives to care for the girl.
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August 20, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel
A Laguna Niguel woman who allegedly left her newborn in a trash bin was in court Tuesday facing charges of trying to kill the baby girl. Shawn Kelli Sepulveda, 38, appeared at the Harbor Justice Center, where the judge signed an order barring her from seeing her three children. Her arraignment was delayed to Sept. 8. She faces charges of attempted murder, child abuse and endangerment. Sepulveda's neighbors at an upscale Hidden Hills apartment complex in Laguna Niguel have said the newborn's 11-year-old sister found the baby Saturday morning in a trash bin just steps from her family's front door.
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August 19, 2008 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
Minutes after an infant girl was dumped in a Laguna Niguel trash bin just yards from her family's front door Saturday morning, the newborn's 11-year-old sister went out to investigate, neighbors said, then summoned help in time to save the child. The sister had grown concerned because she had seen her mother bleeding in the bathroom and saw her take something out to the bin, said Bianca Ontivero, an 11-year-old friend and neighbor who spoke with the permission and in the presence of her parents.
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August 17, 2008 | Cara Mia DiMassa
A 38-year-old woman was arrested on attempted murder charges after she left her newborn girl in a trash bin Saturday morning, authorities said. An 11-year-old girl discovered the baby shortly after 9 a.m. and notified adults, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. "The baby is expected to make a full recovery," he said. Amormino identified the mother as Shawn Sepulveda of Laguna Niguel. The baby and other children in the family have been placed in the care of the county Department of Social Services, he said.
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April 30, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
A homeless man searching for cans in a Rancho Cucamonga parking lot Dumpster made a startling find Sunday morning: a 5-pound baby girl. The newborn was naked, her umbilical cord still attached, and stuffed in a plastic Target bag full of discarded mail. She was not crying. She felt cold -- her body temperature had dropped to 87.5 degrees -- but she was alive. The man alerted a neighbor, who brought a towel to wrap the baby. Another neighbor called 911 about 8 a.m.
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December 13, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
A Catalina Island woman was acquitted Wednesday of murdering her newborn daughter and stuffing the body into a trash container, in the second rebuff this month to Los Angeles County prosecutors seeking criminal convictions for baby dumping. Leticia Castro sobbed loudly and thanked the jury for its decision in the 2004 case, said Jay Glaser, her attorney.
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September 22, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A 20-year-old woman regrets leaving her newborn baby in a church restroom last week and wants the girl returned to her, Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez said Friday. Martinez said the mother met with a police detective and a victim's advocate Thursday after responding to a plea from police to contact authorities. She was questioned, and police will not know if she and the baby will be reunited until an investigation is completed, he said.
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