A felony child abuse charge was filed Wednesday against a 41-year-old woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a Whittier parking lot.
Dolores Adriana Cruz, a transient, entered a not guilty plea before a judge at the Downey courthouse. She remains in custody in lieu of $130,000 bail pending her next court date on Jan. 11.
On Dec. 22, a good Samaritan heard a baby crying near the 11600 block of Washington Boulevard and found the infant naked on the pavement, authorities said. Police were called and located Cruz nearby, prosecutors said.
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The defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of six years in state prison if convicted as charged.