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Newborn Baby Abandoned On Beach

14/08/2014 16:49 | Updated 22 May 2015

Woman gave birth on beach then claimed baby was abandoned

A court is trying to decide what should happen to a newborn baby who was reportedly abandoned on a beach shortly after birth.

The full-term infant – weighing 8lbs - was found crying in the sand at Sandy Beach in east Honolulu, Hawaii.

A woman said she had been parked nearby when she heard several people screaming.

A few minutes later the screaming stopped and the woman heard a baby crying. She walked toward the ocean and saw the baby on the sand.

The woman took the baby, which was naked but healthy, to the nearby Queen's Medical Center.

However, in a further twist, police now believe the woman who found the baby is actually the child's mother, 21-year-old Keala Simeona.

Now the Family Court will decide whether to return the child to her family or whether parental rights will be terminated.

State Department of Human Services Director Patricia McManaman said the baby was 'recovering well' in hospital. She said. "We're just very grateful this child is alive and doing well."

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