It's a Daughter for Kobe & Vanessa Bryant

It's a Daughter for Kobe & Vanessa Bryant
Vanessa and Kobe Bryant
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updated 05/01/2006 at 05:00 PM EDT

originally published 05/01/2006 06:00PM

Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, welcomed their second child on Monday in Orange County, Calif., the Associated Press reports.

A daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, was born at 2:03 a.m. (PST) Monday, weighing 6 lbs., 7 oz. She is 18 1/2 inches long.

"The arrival of our daughter early this morning is an incredible blessing for me and my family," Bryant said in a statement. "We are all full of beautiful emotions after what has been such an incredible day."

The Los Angeles Lakers star won Sunday's playoff game against the Phoenix Suns with a last-second shot in overtime. Bryant then went to the hospital, where Vanessa gave birth early Monday morning, ESPN reports.

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Bryant, 27, and Vanessa, who will turn 24 this week, also have a 3-year-old daughter, Natalia.

Last May, PEOPLE reported that Bryant shelled out $50,000 to surprise his wife with a recommitment ceremony in Laguna Beach, Calif. The pair dined privately in a beachfront tent decorated to resemble a favorite L.A. restaurant Dolce.

The baby news comes more than two years after Bryant, 27, was accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old Colorado woman. The case was eventually withdrawn and Bryant, who claimed that the sex was consensual, settled a civil suit filed by the woman last March.

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