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Woman Abandons Newborn To Hide Birth From Female Partner

Setting aside the abandonment issue for a moment, what kind of relationship could these two of had if the partner had no clue her lover was pregnant:

A woman gave away her newborn baby because she wanted to conceal the birth from her female romantic partner, Long Beach police said. After giving birth to a girl at a home Monday, Paloma Espinoza, 28, of Long Beach, handed off the infant to her mother, Sonia Hernandez.

Hernandez then called 911 and gave a false report that she found an abandoned baby in the parking lot of a nearby gas station, and took the girl home, police said. In fact, the baby was never at the gas station, said police Sgt. Rico Fernandez.

Fernandez said the birth mother “apparently felt unfit to continue to care for the child because she felt she was more interested in protecting her relationship with another woman.”

“She claims she didn’t know she was pregnant. So when she gave birth, she didn’t want her partner to know about it, so she delivered the kid to her mom,” Fernandez said. No arrests have been made, but police are continuing to investigate a case that they plan to submit to the L.A. County district attorney’s office for possible criminal charges.

Espinoza is being investigated on suspicion of child neglect, child abandonment and child endangerment; Hernandez is suspected of providing a false report to police. The investigation into the alleged child endangerment concerns actions the mother took between the time the baby girl was born and the time she was given to the grandmother. Fernandez declined to elaborate what actions the mother allegedly took during that time.

The baby is doing well at a hospital, and will eventually be handed over to the custody of the county child welfare agency.


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