Baby born in bathroom of Valinda hamburger restaurant

VALINDA — Both mother and baby appeared to be okay following a sudden delivery in a restaurant bathroom Tuesday, authorities said.
The mother, described as a 39-year-old local transient, was ultimately cited for misdemeanor child endangerment after she tested positive for drugs while at a hospital, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Michael Strickland said. The baby, whose sex was unavailable, was taken into protective custody by Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services officials
The baby was born just after 3 p.m. in a restroom inside of hamburger restaurant along Amar Road, just west of Echelon Avenue, sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies rushed to the scene in response to reports the woman may be trying to abandon or harm the newborn, however those concerns were determined to be unfounded, Strickland said.
“She had the baby in the restroom of the restaurant,” the lieutenant said. “She walked outside the bathroom and asked for help. She waited for us and she waited for paramedics.”
“It was determined there was no ill intent as far as the birth,” Strickland said.

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