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Baby Alyssa Headed for New York State

August 6, 1988

BELMONT, Calif. (AP) _ A baby girl found abandoned in a jetliner restroom only hours after she was born soon will be sent to live with her paternal grandparents in New York, her court-appointed lawyer said.

Month-old Alyssa LoCasto has been in a foster home since she was found in the restroom of a DC-10 at San Francisco International Airport on July 13. The infant’s mother, Christina LoCasto, secretly gave birth just before the aircraft left Newark, N.J.

″The baby will be transferred from California to New York in the next few days,″ attorney Gerry Hilliard said Friday.

San Mateo County Juvenile Court Commissioner Patricia Bresee on Friday continued an earlier ruling giving temporary custody to Alyssa’s grandparents John and Frances LoCasto of Staten Island, a borough of New York City.

A county social worker will take Alyssa to Staten Island, where her parents will be able to visit her under the supervision of the borough’s Special Services for Children department, Hilliard said.

Alyssa will stay with her grandparents at least until Oct. 14, when Bresee will decide if the temporary arrangement will continue.

Mrs. LoCasto, 24, has pleaded innocent to a charge of felony child endangerment.

Mrs. LoCasto is accused of giving birth in the jetliner restroom and hiding the newborn under the sink before returning to her seat with her husband and two older daughters. Her husband, Louis LoCasto, 26, was with her on the trip but had not known his wife was pregnant and was unaware she had given birth, according to lawyers in the case.

The couple have said they hope to regain custody of the infant.

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