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Newborn is found abandoned in buggy

Phoebe Weston in Los Angeles

Published 06/08/2015 | 02:30

Nothing is known about the mother's condition or why she abandoned the child. Picture posed by models. Thinkstock
Nothing is known about the mother's condition or why she abandoned the child. Picture posed by models. Thinkstock

A NEWBORN baby with his umbilical cord still attached has been found in an abandoned pushchair in LA.

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The baby was covered in sweat, wearing pyjamas and "seemed weak" according to Alex Diaz, a father-of-two, who found him on the street. The baby was thought to be only a day old.

The pushchair was left opposite St Agnes Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Nothing is known about the mother's condition or why she abandoned the child.

Mr Diaz first walked past the "dirty" pushchair on Monday night around 10.30pm and then again just after noon on Tuesday, and became suspicious on passing it for the second time. He said "something inside me just told me to check".

He found the unnamed baby boy inside. "As soon as I touched him he started moving. Then he started crying and then he made me cry. He made me break down."

He contacted the police and the infant is in California Hospital Medical Centre in a stable condition.

There are no surveillance cameras where the baby was found and investigators are unsure how long the baby had been left there. Police have released photos of the baby in an attempt to locate the parents.

Since 2001, there have been 66 abandoned infants found in Los Angeles, 53 of which were found deceased.

In 2001, the Baby Safe Surrender Law was introduced in California. The law states that parents or guardians can legally surrender infants under three-days-old to hospitals or fire stations with "no questions asked".

Mr Diaz was due to visit the baby with his two sons in hospital yesterday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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