Sunday 4 December 2016

Newborn baby discovered 'buried alive' under a pavement

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 29/11/2015 | 13:27

A police officer holds the newborn baby girl found in LA
Credit: Facebook/LA County Sheriff Department
A police officer holds the newborn baby girl found in LA Credit: Facebook/LA County Sheriff Department

Police discovered a newborn baby girl buried alive under rubble in a large hole in the pavement.

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A walker heard a baby crying and reported the matter to police in Compton, Los Angeles.

Angel Flores, a resident near the location where the infant was found, said he was approached by two women who told him that they had heard cries while walking in the area.

One of the women initially thought the sound was being made by a cat.

"The other one said, 'No, it sounds like a baby crying,'" Flores recounted. "She was very curious. She saw these pieces of wood and rocks on top of it. She removed them and she found a newborn baby."

The baby is believed to be approximately two days old and was swaddled in a blanket before being concealed in the hole.

Emergency workers worked hard at the scene to ensure the baby's vital signs were in order.

She was then transported to hospital and is reported to be in a stable condition.

Police believe she lay undiscovered for 36 to 48 hours.

"If the child had spent the night there, in those conditions, the baby wouldn't have survived," Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla said at a news conference.

A man who lives near the location where the baby was found has spoken of his anger at the incidemt.

"I know we living in some bad times but damn.

"Now who would do some dumb stuff like over here? That's why I'm saying they need to catch this person. You know, you need to go to jail. That's the place for you," Jeesse Brew said.

Police issued a reminder to the public, saying that parents who feel unable to cope can leave their child at any hospital or fire station in LA County.

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