Newborn Baby Left On Beach


By Paul Johnson

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - A shocking discovery was made on a Honolulu beach overnight Sunday.
A baby -- just hours old -- was found abandoned on the sand.
Police say a woman heard screams on the beach and 15 minutes later, she heard a baby crying.
She found a newborn baby near the water's edge, and no one else in sight.
She rushed the girl to a hospital, where's she's said to be doing well.
The department of human services says it appears the baby was abandoned immediately after birth.
Earlier, a man in his van at the beach also heard someone in distress, and grabbed his flashlight to check it out.
"I saw a young female sitting in the water there at the water's edge, and I asked if the screams were coming from her and she said yes and i said are you all right, do you need help? And she said, no i cut my foot."
This wasn't the mother's only option, if she didn't want the child.
Hawaii has a baby safe haven law.
It allows the parent of a newborn to leave their unharmed baby at a police station, fire station or hospital, no questions asked.
And there's immunity from prosecution.
But since it was signed into law in 2007, not one has taken advantage of it.

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