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Baby found abandoned outside Calif. gas station

Police: Newborn baby hospitalized after being found outside gas station in Southern California By The Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) ' Authorities say a passer-by has found an abandoned newborn baby outside a gas station in Southern California.

Police spokeswoman Lisa Massacani says the discovery was made at around 7:30 p.m. Monday, at a USA Gas station near downtown Long Beach.

City News Service reports the passer-by took home the baby girl and called 911.

Massacani says the infant has been transported to a hospital, where her vital signs are stable. She says it appears the baby was born within the past day or so.

Massacani says a felony child abuse investigation is under way for putting a child in a situation that could cause death.

California law allows for an infant 72 hours old or younger to be surrendered at any hospital emergency room, or additional site designated by county boards of supervisors, such as fire stations.

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