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2007-04-04 06:00:00

OROSI, Calif. -- Residents and investigators alike ponder how a mother could abandon three newborns in two years, all in the same neighborhood of this small farming town. And they're not alone. Abandoned-infant cases like the one focusing a national spotlight on Orosi are as baffling to social service and child-advocacy experts as they are to local detectives searching _ so far in vain _ for the mother. Some estimates suggest more than 50 infants are abandoned each day in the United...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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