Los Angeles News
Long Beach abandoned baby hoax: woman gets probation, has to pay city back
LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A woman who fabricated a story about finding a newborn baby at a Long Beach gas station has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor criminal charges.
Sonia Hernandez, 52, was sentenced to three years of probation and 45 days of community service. She also was ordered to re-pay the city of Long Beach for responding to the hoax.
In February, Hernandez told police she found a baby girl at a gas station. Police later learned that the newborn belonged to Hernandez's 28-year old daughter, Paloma Espinoza, who no longer wanted the baby. The baby was eventually given to the Department of Children and Family Services.
Espinoza still faces child endangerment and child abandonment charges.
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