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Abandoned Galt baby healthy, in foster care

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Dwanda Mahoney

Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 12:00 am

The newborn baby girl found abandoned in a Galt flower bed last week was not breathing when firefighters arrived on scene, according to new information released in the incident.

However, the baby has recovered, been released from the hospital and is now in a foster home, Police Chief William Bowen said.

Police received a 9-1-1 call around 5:20 a.m. Nov. 26 about the newborn found crying in front of a residence in the 500 block of B Street. Upon arrival, officers said they found a woman on the front porch of the residence, and said they later determined she had given birth to the baby.

Dwanda Mahoney, a 30-year-old transient from Galt, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after police suspected her of giving birth to the baby girl. She appeared in court this week.

At first, Mahoney denied being pregnant or having given birth to the infant, officers said.

She was taken to the hospital for treatment, then arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail the next day, where she is being held without bail.

Meanwhile, medical personnel on-scene transported the baby to a local hospital emergency room, where she was found to be suffering from hypothermia, police said. Police believe the infant would not have survived if the 911 call had been made any later.

Mahoney, who is also charged with endangering the life of a child and a misdemeanor count of trespassing, made her first court appearance Tuesday. Her next court date is Dec. 17, according to online records.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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