WEST COVINA >> Police arrested a woman Monday after she gave birth and abandoned her baby in the restroom of a West Covina sandwich shop, authorities said.
The woman went into the bathroom at Subway, 2540 S. Azusa Ave., about 8:34 a.m. And gave birth, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
She then left the restaurant, abandoning the newborn, the lieutenant said. “She left the baby in the toilet.”
Paramedics rushed the baby to the neonatal intensive care unit of a local hospital, he said. An update on the baby’s condition was not available.
Officers quickly found the woman nearby along Amar Road, just east of Azusa Avenue, Patton said.
She was taken to a hospital for treatment, he said. She was expected to be booked on suspicion of child abandonment and attempted murder. Her identity was not immediately available.
Under California’s “Safe Surrender” law, new mothers can turn over their baby’s at any fire station or hospital, no questions asked, withing the first 72 hours of birth, so long as the child shows no signs of abuse.
COMPTON >> Sheriff’s officials announced they have arrested the mother of a newborn infant found abandoned and buried alive along a Compton bike path last month.
The baby girl was believed to be no more than two days old when she was discovered buried in a crevice and covered with asphalt and other debris about 4 p.m. Nov. 27 alongside a bike path lining a riverbed near 136th Street and Slater Avenue, sheriff’s officials said at the time.
Deputy Adam Collette found the baby after responding to reports of a baby’s cries being heard in the area, according to Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau. She was hospitalized in stable condition.
Investigators began working to track down the baby’s parents.
“As a result of the multiple leads generated due to the public’s and media’s assistance in this case, Special Victims Bureau’s detectives were able to identify and arrest the mother of the baby who was buried in the City of Compton,” Sgt. Bob Boese of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
Sheriff’s officials thanked the public for their role in helping deputies track down the infant’s mother.
Details of the arrest are to be released at a news conference in Los Angeles Monday morning. The mother’s identity was not released Sunday, nor were the charges she is expected to face.
COMPTON >> The muffled cries of a newborn baby girl led deputies to discover the infant buried alive beneath asphalt and other debris along a Compton bike path Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The infant was believed to be 36 to 48 hours old when she was discovered about 4 p.m., buried under debris in a crevice alongside a bike path lining a riverbed near 136th Street and Slater Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. She was ultimately hospitalized in stable condition.
Deputies received reports of a baby’s cries being heard emanating from the riverbed, according to Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau.
While searching the area, “deputies heard a baby’s muffled cry and located a
newborn baby girl buried alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble inside a crevice located along the bike path,” Jaramilla said. “Deputies removed the pieces of asphalt and debris and rescued the baby from the crevice.”
The girl was wrapped in a blanket and cold to the touch, he said. After being treated by Compton Fire Department paramedics, she was taken to a hospital where she remained under observation Saturday.
Detectives ask anyone with information regarding the abandonment to contact the Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 80222-8477.
Authorities reminded the public of the county’s “Safe Surrender” program, under which newborn babies showing no signs of abuse may be dropped off at hospitals and fire stations with no questions asked within 72 hours of birth. For more information, visit www.babysafela.org.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.