A woman allegedly gave her baby to a random couple on Tuesday after claiming she couldn’t care for it, police said.
The couple was reportedly handed the infant by a woman who claimed she couldn’t care for the child Tuesday at a Hollywood restaurant, according to KTLA 5.
A couple surrendered a baby that was handed to them by a woman at a Hollywood restaurant early Tuesday https://t.co/chw61XrBld
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The recipients of the 1-month-old baby surrendered it to the Beverly Hills Police Department after the midnight incident at the Chris N Eddy’s eatery, police said. (RELATED: Police Charge Daycare Owner After Mother Allegedly Finds Her Child Dead At Pick-Up)
The woman, holding her child, allegedly approached the couple when they were dining at the restaurant. She reportedly informed the pair that she could not care for her offspring before leaving the child with the strangers.
Although the baby appeared to be healthy, the baby was taken to the hospital for a checkup, according to KTLA 5.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was handed the case by the Beverly Hills Police Department because the incident occurred within its jurisdiction. It is unknown why the couple initially decided to take the child to the Beverly Hills Police Department.
Whether the incident qualifies as a safe surrender will be determined by the LAPD. California’s safe surrender law states that a person with lawful custody can safely surrender a baby confidentially without fear of persecution within 72 hours of birth.
Further details about the incident have yet to be released.