Hearing for custody of Sandy Beach newborn scheduled

Published On: May 06 2013 06:43:06 AM HST   Updated On: May 06 2013 10:36:54 AM HST

A hearing is scheduled Monday to determine whether an baby girl will go back to her family after police say the mother lied that the infant was found abandoned at the beach.

It was a week ago that police say 21-year-old Keala Simeona told them she was in the parking lot at Sandy Beach and heard people screaming near the shore.

She told police she found the newborn 15 minutes later.

Simeona has been charged for filing a false police report.

The baby girl was last reported in good condition at the hospital.

Family Court could decide if the infant will be returned to the family or if she will remain in state custody.

The state Department of Human Services is planning to ask the court for Simeona to submit to DNA testing.  If a father is identified, the state will also ask the father to submit to DNA testing, as well.

Monday's proceeding is closed to the public and confidential.


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