Newborn abandoned at Sandy Beach overnight

Mizuno: Law allows parents to drop off infant at police, fire station, hospital no questions asked

Published  6:24 PM HST Apr 29, 2013
HONOLULU -

Naked, stranded and left defenseless, a newborn baby with a brutal beginning to its young life at Sandy Beach.

Police say shortly before midnight, a woman heard several people screaming.  She waited about 15 minutes after the commotion stopped and went to check the area.

That's when the woman heard a baby crying.  She found the newborn near the water and took to the Queen's Medical Center.

"We're just grateful this child is alive and doing well and I think that's the real focus for us at this point and time," said Director of Department of Human Services Pat McManaman.

The Department of Human Services believe the child was less than 24 hours old when they received her.

They tell us the baby is an 8-pound girl and is in good condition.  She's in an incubator and is drinking formula.

Later this week, DHS will be filing a petition with Family Court to request the newborn be under state custody.

"With the court's permission, if there's no family or relative placement by next week, we will be asking the court to  to allow us to publish a photo of the infant to see if that might further the investigation," said McManaman.

Meanwhile, DHS wants to get a message out.

"If they do find themselves in situations of extreme duress, such as, I'm assuming this woman found herself in, there are alternatives," said McManaman.

"Last night, had the parents known about this law, they could've brought that baby to a police station, fire station, hospital and they would not be criminally charged with abandonment," said Rep. John Mizuno.

The law allows parents to drop the child off within 72 hours of birth, no questions asked.

"We don't want this to happen.  This is a life that we can save and so we'd like to get word out there are is a law in the books that you don't have to abandon a baby at a beach or anywhere," said Rep. Mizuno.

Mizuno said emergency workers will actually accept older infants, sometimes up to 3 weeks old.

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