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Mother charged after baby left in car in Homewood

| Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008

The mother of a 2-week-old girl was charged Wednesday with leaving the baby unattended in an alley behind a fast-food restaurant in Homewood.

Pittsburgh police say LaFawn Ebo, 24, arranged to meet the baby's father in Felicia Way so he could take custody of his daughter. Ebo's cousin drove her and the baby to the alley about 1:40 p.m., when she saw the child's father waiting nearby.

Ebo told police that she was trying to avoid a confrontation with him, so she left the baby in a car seat in the street, police said.

Moments later, a passing motorist saw the baby and called 911, police said. As the motorist waited for police to arrive, Ebo's cousin returned and asked to take the child. Then the woman refused to hand the child over to anybody but a police officer.

Paramedics took the infant to Children's Hospital as a precaution, police said. The baby was turned over to the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families.

Ebo was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

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