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

LONG BEACH, Calif.

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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