CBS News reported on Saturday that a newborn was found alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble near a riverbed in Compton, California. Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says the baby girl might have been born just 36 to 48 hours before she was found around 4 p.m. on Friday. The baby was placed in a way and covered with debris that the police believe the attempt was to bury her alive.
CNN reported that two sisters were walking on the bike path along the riverbed when they heard a faint cry. They were unsure whether it was a kitten or a baby, but they called 911 anyway. When police officers arrived, they determined that it was a baby’s muffled cry coming from underneath a pile of asphalt and rubble. The newborn baby girl was wrapped in a hospital blanket which made police believe she was born in a hospital. The officers checked the baby’s vital signs and called Compton Fire Department paramedics. The baby was treated and taken to a local hospital where she is in stable condition.
This is happening too often. Just a few days ago a mother left her newborn in a manger in a nativity scene in a church where it was warm. The baby born still had his umbilical cord attached. Video cameras showed that she went back the next day to make sure her baby had been found. The mother was located but not charged with a crime because she followed the Safe Surrender rule that says women can take their unwanted babies to a church, hospital, fire department or police station anonymously. Since the rule went into effect, over 130 babies have been surrendered and adopted.