A newborn was rescued along a Compton bike path in Los Angeles County on Friday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to find the person responsible for abandoning the child near a riverbed. The infant — believed to only be 24 to 36-hours-old — was found buried in asphalt and rubble.
Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the Sheriff’s Department’s special victim unit said the baby was listed in stable condition at the hospital on Saturday, Fox News reports on Nov. 29. Jaramilla said: “There’s indication that the child was born at a medical facility or a hospital.”
Two deputies rescued the newborn in Compton around 4 p.m. on Friday after people on the bike path heard the baby’s cries. When deputies arrived, they heard the baby’s “muffled cry” and were able to find the little girl buried under asphalt and rubble inside a crevice along the bike path. Jaramilla said that the child was wrapped in a blanket and “cold to the touch” when deputies found her.
MSN reports that Los Angeles has a safe haven law in which any parent who finds themselves in a situation in which they cannot handle raising a child, can drop off newborns at a hospital or fire station, no questions asked. The newborn rescued in Compton is emblematic of child abandonment and is completely avoidable with a law like this in place for parents who want to surrender infants born within 72 hours.