A 42-year-old woman charged with abandoning her newborn baby in a Whittier parking lot three days before Christmas pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony count of child abuse.
Dolores Adriana Cruz, described by authorities as a transient, was immediately sentenced to two years in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Last Dec. 22, a good Samaritan heard a baby crying near the 11600 block of Washington Boulevard and found the infant naked on the pavement, said Deputy District Attorney Mariela Torres.
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Police were called and located Cruz nearby, according to the prosecutor.
Cruz has remained behind bars since her arrest by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies that night, jail records show.