Monday, the police of Honolulu Hawaii reported that a woman had found a baby, alone, naked, and screaming on the beach alone in the sand. The woman, Keala Simeona, age 21, said she heard some people arguing and went to go check out the commotion. When she got over to the area, she found a baby crying.
The baby was taken to the hospital in decent condition. The nurses on staff were just happy that the baby was alive, despite being abandoned.
And then the police did an investigation.
Wednesday morning they reported that the very same Keala Simeona had been arrested with filing a false police report. Seeing as how she was the mother of the child and all, it wasn’t true that she just happened across this newborn in the sand.
Odds are that you live in a state with the “Baby Moses” or safe haven law that says a person can not be arrested for leaving a newborn at designated places (usually a fire station or hospital) within 72 hours of it being born. A beach of Hawaii, while I’m sure is a nice vacation spot, is not one of those safe havens.
But maybe Simeona thought she was doing the right thing by making up this dumb ass story and thinking that maybe the police wouldn’t be able to tell that she just delivered a baby. Or maybe she’s never heard of DNA testing, or medical exams, or child abandonment laws.
Hopefully someone will take in the child that the authorities have dubbed “Baby Sandy” and she never finds out that she was once in the headlines for her mother’s ridiculousness. For proof that things like this actually do turn out well, check out this story of a baby boy that was found (and shortly thereafter adopted) in a New York City subway 12 years ago.