The woman who gave birth in the Santa Clara River wash Monday morning and allegedly abandoned the baby has been charged with a misdemeanor, Sheriff’s officials said Thursday.
Nicole Stratton, 30, was cited for misdemeanor child abandonment after being discharged from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, said Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. The case is expected to be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
She is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 9.
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The call came in at 5:52 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Whites Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.
“We got a call from a transient man in the wash who said a woman had given birth in the wash there. (The informant said) the woman walked off into the wash and left the baby (in the homeless camp with others) after giving birth,” said Detective Thomas Brooks with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “The man called for paramedics and reported that she abandoned the baby.”
Deputies found the woman, who had been living in a homeless camp for a couple days, about an hour later hiding in a tree, Brooks said.
“She’s already been transported to the hospital along with the baby,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo on Monday.
The newborn girl and her mother were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital where both were listed in good condition.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are investigating the incident.
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