Fight for Abandoned Newborn Boy Ends

A newborn boy abandoned three months ago in an automobile in Covina who was the focus of a struggle between two prospective adoptive families has been placed with an unidentified couple who have been waiting nine years for a white infant.

Catherine Tracy, chief deputy for the Los Angeles County Department of Children's Services, said the infant's temporary foster mother obeyed a court order and surrendered him earlier this week.

She had gone into hiding with the baby last week after learning that authorities planned to place the infant with another family.

The temporary foster mother and another distraught couple--who said they had seen him daily and become attached to him despite his health problems as a drug baby--had asked for a court hearing. However, a court commissioner declined to listen to their arguments, Tracy said, ruling that they had no legal standing to address the court.

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