HONOLULU (AP) - A day after a woman reported finding an abandoned newborn crying in the sand on a Hawaii beach, police arrested her and revealed that she's the baby's mother.
Keala Simeona, 21, of Honolulu was arrested Tuesday for filing a false report. Police don't expect to pursue additional offenses at this time. She posted $250 bail and was released.
She had told police she was parked at Sandy Beach in east Honolulu sometime between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and midnight when she heard several people screaming. After the screaming stopped, she said, she walked toward the ocean and found the naked newborn and took her to a hospital.
It's up to Family Court to decide whether to return the child to her family or whether parental rights will be terminated, the state Department of Human Services said in a statement. An initial hearing is scheduled for Monday.
Department Director Patricia McManaman said Monday that the full-term, 8-pound baby was born immediately before she was found. However, officials couldn't pinpoint an exact time of birth. The baby was doing well and drinking formula at the hospital, McManaman said, while police investigated the case as child abandonment.