Detectives were seeking information Saturday after discovering a days-old newborn that had been “buried alive” near a riverbed in Compton, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.
A caller reported to sheriff’s officials Friday around 4 p.m. that a baby was crying in the riverbed, which travels north and south between West 136th Street and North Slater Avenue, the news release stated.
Deputies Perry and Collette responded, and they heard a baby’s muffled cries as they canvassed the area.
A newborn girl, believed to be 36 to 48 hours old, was found “buried alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble inside a crevice located along the bike path,” the news release stated.
The deputies removed the debris and recovered the baby, who was said to be cold to the touch.
She was then medically triaged at the scene by Compton Fire Department officials and later transported to a local hospital and listed in stable condition.
Parents of newborns who decide they cannot care for the baby can surrender him or her to any hospital or fire station in Los Angeles County, no questions asked, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
“Some parents of newborns can find themselves in difficult circumstances,” the news release stated. “Sadly, babies are sometimes harmed or abandoned by parents who feel that they’re not ready or able to raise a child, or don’t know there are other options.”
Detectives investigating the abandonment and endangerment of the newborn girl discovered on Friday asked anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273.
Anonymous tippers could call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477, text the letters TIPLA plus the tip to 274637, or by visit the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.