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'Law & Order: SVU' star Mariska Hargitay adopts a baby girl

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tbd-mariskahargitay040811.jpgBaby news abounds today, starting with Mariska Hargitay's adoption of a week-old infant girl. Bonus patriotism points: The tot's from the United States and everything!

"I'm deliriously happy," the 47-year-old actress tells People about the birth of Amaya Josephine. "From the minute she was born, she was just surprisingly alert and so full of love." How did she settle on the name Amaya? It was a family decision with hubby Peter Hermann and 4 1/2-year-old son August to adapt Maya, a name Hargitay lobbied for.

"I liked that name, but I wanted her to have the same initials as August," Hargitay says. "I thought adding the 'A' was so feminine. Amaya sounded so open and feminine and beautiful – just like her."

And since we can't afford to buy People's photo of the cut li'l darling to show you, we'll spill the beans that Amaya is black: "We were considering both international and domestic adoption and we're thrilled that this is the way our prayers were answered," the Law & Order: SVU actress says. "We talked a lot about mixed-race adoptions, and we are very excited that we are now a multi-racial family. We're just so happy she's here."So are we, because everyone loves baby news for the weekend.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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[Last modified: Thursday, April 7, 2011 2:36pm]

    

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