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Newborn baby found abandoned at Long Beach gas station

February 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Police said a newborn baby was found abandoned at a gas station in Long Beach on Monday night.

The baby was found inside a plastic bag near an air pump at a gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and East 7th Street. The baby was alive. Police said she was taken to the hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.

Sonia Hernandez, the woman who found the baby, said she and her daughter were getting air for their tires around 7:45 p.m. when she noticed a leg sticking out of a bag against a wall.

"I just picked up the baby and kissed the baby, and I hold it in my hands," said Hernandez.

Hernandez said the baby appeared to be in good shape. They drove the baby to their home a couple of blocks away and a neighbor called 911.

Hernandez's daughter, Paloma, said she doesn't understand why someone would abandon the baby at a gas station.

"I think that's sad," she said. "I think they should've taken the baby either to a [nearby] hospital or a fire department."

Authorities are searching for the mother and witnesses.

UPDATE: Long Beach police said Sonia Hernandez made up the story about the baby being abandoned at the gas station.