Police: Southern Calif. baby wasn't abandoned

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Posted: Feb 21, 2012 5:24 AM
Police: Southern Calif. baby wasn't abandoned

Authorities say a newborn baby girl wasn't abandoned outside a Southern California gas station as originally thought.

Long Beach police spokeswoman Lisa Massacani says investigators believe the baby's mother either called 911 herself or she gave the newborn to the woman who earlier claimed she found the baby.

Police were first led to believe a passer-by discovered the baby around 7:30 p.m. Monday outside a USA Gas station near downtown Long Beach. The baby was taken to a hospital, where her vital signs were stable.

City News Service reports that police now think the baby was born several hours before the 911 call was made. Massacani says the mother also has been transported to a hospital for treatment.

Massacani says the woman may face child abuse charges, but she did not elaborate.