The newborn rescued in Compton, a city southeast of downtown Los Angeles, was found buried alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble in a crevice on a bike path near a riverbed on Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla, the baby girl is believed to have been born just 36 to 48 hours before.
As reported by CBS Los Angeles on November 28, a woman and her sister were walking on the bike path along the riverbed when they heard something that sounded like a faint crying. Unsure of whether the sound came from a kitten or maybe even a baby, the women called 911.
When police officers arrived at the scene and checked out the unusual sound coming from the crevice along the riverbed, they determined that it was indeed “a baby’s muffled cry” coming from underneath asphalt and rubble. After removing the debris, the officers found a newborn baby girl with a head of dark hair – wrapped in a hospital-issued blanket and cold to the touch.
After checking the newborn baby girl’s vital signs, the police officers called for Compton Fire Department paramedics, who treated and transported her to a local hospital. The newborn is reportedly in stable condition and remains under hospital care.
Sheriff’s officials ask that anyone with information about the baby should call the Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-LASD or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. Authorities also ask any parents to surrender babies at a hospital or a fire station in Los Angeles. With the current chilly overnight temperatures in Compton, the newborn was fortunately rescued just in time – and before it was too late.