‘SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay Adopts

Congratulations to “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay. She and hubby Peter Hermann, 43, have adopted a baby girl.

According to The New York Post, the 47-year-old actress traveled to Texas last week to pick up baby Amaya Josephine. It has all been kept very hush- hush until now.

“This has been kept a huge secret on the set — somebody who was hired as a crew member was fired for tweeting about it,” a source told Page Six.

Now, of course, the cat is out of the bag. Not only has Hargitay’s rep confirmed it, but the actress herself spoke with PEOPLE.

“I’m deliriously happy,” she said.  ”From the minute she was born, she was just surprisingly alert and so full of love.”

According to the actress, she and her husband explored all their options when it came to adopting.

“We were considering both international and domestic adoption and we’re thrilled that this is the way our prayers were answered,” she said. “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.”

The new bundle of joy is the child #2 for Hargitay and Hermann, who married in 2006. Their 4 ½ year old son Austin is reportedly thrilled to be a big brother.

“He is over the moon,” Hargitay said. “He calls her his baby because he says the whole thing was his idea. He always talks about how he’s going to protect her. He’s going to be a great big brother.”

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