A woman was arrested on Tuesday in Honolulu for allegedly filing a false report saying that she found a newborn baby on a beach, when in actuality, the baby was really hers. Keala Simeona, 21, called authorities and said she was parked at a beach in east Honolulu at around 11:30 p.m. when she heard people screaming. She reportedly claimed she walked down to the ocean and saw a naked newborn girl, so she decided to take her to the hospital. But now police have revealed that Keala is the baby's mother. Needless to say: It's incredibly sad that she felt this was the only option.
Hawaii is a safe-haven state. In other words, Keala would have had immunity if she left the baby unharmed with the police, the fire department, or another emergency service if she was less than 72 hours old. Creating such an elaborate story shows one thing and one thing only: Keala was scared.
Details about Keala's pregnancy and personal relationships currently remain scant, but it kind of seems like she was trying to hide being pregnant due to an unsupportive network of family and friends. Or maybe she was just embarrassed? Police investigation has determined that she gave birth to the baby immediately before "finding" her and calling the police. Also, Keala claimed to be alone when she found the baby -- so, kind of sounds like she went to a beach at night to give birth alone. How sad is that?
The important thing is, right now, the baby is doing well. She's currently in the hospital drinking formula. But, at this point, human services is planning on petitioning for custody of the baby if no family comes forward to claim her. Being that she quickly got her help, it sounds like Keala really loves her child, but maybe she's not ready to raise her. Hopefully, some caring soul will step up and care for this child and give her a life much better than the sad start she got.
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