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Newborn baby abandoned at Sandy Beach

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:32 p.m. HST, Apr 29, 2013

Police have opened an investigation after a newborn baby was found abandoned at Sandy Beach just before midnight Sunday.

The full-term, 8-pound newborn was “abandoned immediately after birth,” state Department of Human Services Director Patricia McManaman said.

McManaman reported that the baby is doing well at Queen’s Medical Center and drinking formula.

The baby was found after a 21-year-old woman heard several people screaming at the beach between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. The woman, who was in a parked car at the beach, then heard a baby crying and saw it in the sand. She took the child to Queen’s Medical Center.

She appears to have been abandoned and found within 24 hours, McManaman said. The baby was apparently not clothed when she was found, Mcmanaman said.

Police opened an endangering and abandonment case. Each is a felony with a penalty of up to a year in prison.

HPD said infant abandonment cases are quite rare.

Police said the woman who turned in the child is not a suspect.

A 2007 "safe haven" law allows immunity from prosecution for dropping an "unwanted" baby at a hospital, fire station, police station or with emergency personnel if the baby is unharmed and less than 72 hours old.

No one has taken advantage of the law since it went into effect,McManaman said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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olos73 wrote:
Sick people. Why abandon the child? You don't want the child, give it up for adoption. Many people want to adopt.
on April 29,2013 | 12:04PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Watch tha State give the baby back to the people who left it there.
on April 29,2013 | 12:10PM
kailua000 wrote:
I can see that happening.
on April 29,2013 | 12:30PM
kailua000 wrote:
what is so very very sad is that so many people want babies and can't have them. Unless this was a young young girl, who doesnt know you can give a baby up for adoption. who doesnt know you can leave a baby at the police station or a hospital and you wont get in any trouble!
on April 29,2013 | 12:30PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
I'd imagine having to look someone in the eye as you hand them your baby is much harder than leaving her on the beach. I'm not making an excuse for whoever did this, but I wouldn't be surprised if that played a part in this poor decision.
on April 29,2013 | 02:03PM
aomohoa wrote:
She needed to think of what is best for the baby not herself. Now she has to live it. It is Hawaii and the baby was not going to freeze to death is a good thing.
on April 29,2013 | 04:15PM
Fred01 wrote:
This was not a "decision." This person is no doubt a total druggie scumbag.
on April 29,2013 | 05:55PM
Mahalo wrote:
I would also look at the person who turned the baby in..might be more to the story
on April 29,2013 | 12:47PM
mrluke wrote:
I'm sure that base has already been covered.
on April 29,2013 | 01:51PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
"Police said the woman who turned in the child is not a suspect." Mahalo, straight from the article. Maybe you're a better detective than HPD.
on April 29,2013 | 08:45PM
screaming_banshee wrote:
The woman who rescued the infant had heard people screaming before finding the baby. Sounds like the the woman gave birth on the beach and then dug out. Maybe a homeless couple? Regardless of the situation, it is completely monstrous to abandon a baby like that. In a way, I hope that they never find the birth parents because I would want this precious child given to a family that wants it and not to the trash bags that left her there!
on April 29,2013 | 12:48PM
aomohoa wrote:
Maybe the mother was a teenager that panicked.
on April 29,2013 | 04:19PM
Fred01 wrote:
More likely a druggie.
on April 29,2013 | 05:56PM
aomohoa wrote:
I guess that's why I would never go to Sandy Beach at night.
on April 29,2013 | 08:06PM
Wazdat wrote:
oh my gosh, thankfully the baby will survive without those WORTHLESS non-parents
on April 29,2013 | 12:55PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Some people have very little regard for life. Leaving an infant on the beach in the middle of the night. Some people are just plain sad.
on April 29,2013 | 12:58PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
A DNA search could identify the parent(s). Question is how much is the State willing to do that? The people involved obviously are not speaking or admitting about this, so there is a criminal element here. Isaac Newton was not brought up under the greatest of circumstances, so ANY child could become the next Einstein. Each life is precious.
on April 29,2013 | 03:07PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Huh. Well who knew! There's a database with your DNA in it? And mine as well? Even though we've never been to...oh wait! You have a police record, do you?
on April 29,2013 | 05:56PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
copperwire, my sentiments exactly. Honolulu, you're way off base.
on April 29,2013 | 08:47PM
1R1E wrote:
on April 29,2013 | 03:26PM
aomohoa wrote:
What is wrong with people! You can just take a baby to a Fire station or Police Station or a hospital, no questions asked. I pray this baby goes to a loving home since it's desperate mother was not thinking straight.
on April 29,2013 | 04:13PM
hanoz808 wrote:
when they found the mother, they should put her on blast for her actions!
on April 29,2013 | 04:20PM
Hawaiians wrote:
Well let's look at the bright side people the baby is doing fine and has adoptive parents waiting with open arms- if it was aborted like 99% of other unwanted pregnancys (by the hopeless mother)- it wouldn't have a life period. Maybe the State needs to make the adoption process more accessible and advertise the loving homes for people like this woman.
on April 29,2013 | 06:05PM
mrluke wrote:
The bright side will be if NOBODY from that baby's birth family EVER gets to see it again! Just STUPID, IGNORANT, DISGUSTING and INHUMAN!
on April 29,2013 | 06:42PM
ejkorvette wrote:
What kind of MAGGOT would do something like dat?
on April 29,2013 | 05:40PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
As a believer, without a doubt God was at work here and saw to it that this baby survived. That's the more important to me than all the the circumstances combined. PTL!
on April 29,2013 | 07:18PM
Skyler wrote:
What a strange story this is. Could be that the woman who gave birth was forced to leave the baby there?
on April 29,2013 | 07:24PM
aomohoa wrote:
Sorry, but no one could force me to leave my baby any where. That makes no sense.
on April 29,2013 | 08:09PM
Skyler wrote:
I'm just guessing like everyone else is, relax. Obviously it wasn't you that had the baby - glad we can rule that one out. ;-) Women in bad relationships can be made to do horrible things, though... anyway, enough speculation. Hope the child finds a loving home.
on April 29,2013 | 10:13PM
star808 wrote:
Hopefully the baby will go to a loving, caring, and responsible family. Thank God the baby is doing well.
on April 29,2013 | 08:01PM
mrluke wrote:
If God had anything to do with it, it wouldn't have happened in the first place! People always thanking God for things that He could have prevented! How come nobody EVER blames God?
on April 29,2013 | 08:14PM
HD36 wrote:
How about those thousands of babies discarded for any slight defect in Sparta?
on April 29,2013 | 08:33PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
HD, that happened in old Hawaii too.
on April 29,2013 | 08:50PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
mrluke, many people blame God for misfortune. You just did.
on April 29,2013 | 08:50PM
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