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Long Beach abandoned baby hoax: woman gets probation, has to pay city back

Sonia Hernandez, 52, talks to the media on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. Police said Hernandez made up a story about finding an abandoned newborn baby at a Long Beach gas station.

April 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
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.