On Friday afternoon, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies found a newborn baby girl buried alive beside a bike path in Compton.
The baby, estimated to be only 36 to 48-hours-old, was found by Deputies Perry and Collette near a riverbed located between 136th Street and Slater Avenue, after people on the bike path heard her crying and alerted authorities, according to the Sheriff’s department.
Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the Sheriff’s Department’s special victim unit said, “As they searched, deputies heard a baby’s muffled cry and located a newborn baby girl buried alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble inside a crevice located along the bike path,” adding that she was inside a blanket but cold.”
Compton Fire Department paramedics arrived and rushed her to the hospital. Jaramilla told ABC News she is in stable condition. He said, “Some parents of newborns can find themselves in difficult circumstances. Sadly, babies are sometimes harmed or abandoned by parents who feel that they’re not ready or able to raise a child … A parent stuck in this difficult situation can safely surrender their baby at any hospital or fire station in Los Angeles County, no questions asked.”
Los Angeles’ Baby Safe Surrender program states that new moms or anyone with lawful custody can leave a newborn at a hospital or fire station within 72 hours of the baby’s birth.
Police are asking for help in identifying the child.