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Mexican mom cleared in baby's abandonment

BAL HARBOUR, Fla. (AP) — A Mexican woman jailed after leaving her newborn on a Florida beach headed home Saturday after prosecutors decided that confusion brought on by a medical condition was what led her to abandon the child.

Teresa Jimenez Garcia, 21, took a flight to Mexico to reunite with her baby, Isaac, who has been living with his father.

Police arrested Jimenez on July 31, after a tourist found her newborn covered in blood and sand and with his umbilical cord still attached.

A doctor who treated Jimenez after the birth diagnosed her with a severe form of preeclampsia and said symptoms could include an altered state of mind and confusion.