Abandoned baby’s mother arrested for child abuse

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Guam – Authorities have tracked down the mother of the newborn baby boy who was abandoned on the doorstep of a Dededo home Tuesday.

The mother of the abandoned newborn is identified by police as Naomi Nicole Omapas.

According to GPD Spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao, Omapas was located two days later at a home not far from where the baby was found.

As you may recall, the newborn baby was swaddled in t-shirts and a towel and placed in a basket outside a home on East Santa Barbara Avenue in Dededo. The homeowner told PNC that he heard a commotion outside his home and saw a woman walking away.

The infant was placed under the care of Child Protective Services where he remains in good condition.

We should note that Guam does not have a Safe Haven law in place to allow for unharmed children to be left at statutorily designated establishments so that the child becomes a ward of the state.

As for his mother, she has been placed under arrest for child abuse, failure to provide and family violence. She was booked and confined.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.