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Fresno: Home of the new Gerber Baby

Local 8-month-old Mary Jane Montoya was announced on national TV this morning  as the new Gerber Baby. Mary Jane, the daughter of Sara and Billy Montoya, beat out more than 300,000 other babies for the title, which comes with a $50,000 prize that the Montoyas will put into a college fund.

Mom said in a Gerber press release: “Our baby looks just like the Gerber baby, but we still can’t believe the photo of our baby won the Grand Prize! Like parents everywhere, we think our baby is cute, but to have this honor is something we’ll cherish for forever. To us, winning $50,000 is like winning a million dollars!”

Dad told People Magazine: “It’s so exciting, you’re just bursting at the seams with pride for your daughter.”

What started as an entry in a Facebook contest eventually took the Montoyas to New York City, where they appeared this morning on NBC’s “Today” show. Watch for Mary Jane to appear in future Gerber advertisements.

[photo: Associated Press]