Reward to find mother of abandoned babies

Officials in the small town of Orosi, California, are hoping a US$5000 reward will help them find the parents of three babies abandoned in the last two years.

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DNA tests have established all three babies were almost certainly born to the same mother. The first two babies probably had the same father, but the third was fathered by a different man.

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The first newborn was discovered swaddled in a blanket on an outdoor bench. Then, at neat 11-month intervals, two more abandoned babies were found in parked pickups in the same neighborhood.

All three newborns were found within a two-block radius. The first two – a boy and a girl – survived and are now wards of the state. The third baby was found dead of exposure.

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Police said the mother could face criminal charges, but they also said they want to make sure she doesn’t do it again and isn’t in some kind of distress.

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