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.
SAN MARINO >> A San Marino Fire Department crew delivered an impatient baby boy inside his parents’ car early Wednesday, officials said.
The mother and father tried to rush to the hospital when it became apparent their son would wait no longer to greet the world, San Marino Fire Department Capt. Dominic Petta said. They called 9-1-1 at 6:10 a.m., bringing a fire engine and an ambulance to their home in the area of Huntington and West drives within five minutes.
“They couldn’t make it out of the driveway,” Petta said.
With Firefighter-Paramedic Brian Campbell taking the lead, rescuers delivered the eager newborn in the passenger seat of the family car and had the mother and child on their way to a hospital within six minutes of their arrival, Petta said.
Only 14 minutes elapsed from the time the 9-1-1 call was placed to the time the mother and baby arrived at the hospital. Both were doing well.
“I commend the medics on scene for their outstanding work,” Petta said.
Both parents also did “a wonderful job,” he said. The father came out of the emergency room to thank firefighters and shake their hands at the hospital.
San Marino police provided traffic control during the incident, police officials said.
“That was a pretty neat experience,” Petta said. “It’s not everyday we get to bring a life into the world.”
UPLAND >> A 31-year-old father delivered his son in the family SUV early Sunday after his wife went into labor while en route to the hospital.
Bronson Chavez was born to Vanessa and Hugo Chavez at 1:44 a.m. Sunday in the garage of the family’s Upland home, according to San Bernardino fire officials and the joyful but exhausted father.
The newborn and mother rested comfortably at a hospital, Hugo said.
“They’re both doing amazing,” he said. “We’re really happy.”
Bronson joins sister Emma, 2, and brother Evver, 3, in the Chavez household. Hugo, a lifelong Azusa resident who works as a probation officer, recently moved with his family to Upland.
Vanessa was awakened by strong contractions about 1:30 a.m., her husband said. The couple gathered their two children scrambled into their SUV. But as soon as Hugo got the vehicle out of the garage and onto the road, “(Vanessa said) she did not believe she would make it to the hospital, as the contractions became stronger and within one minute apart,” Hugo said.
Hugo said he called 9-1-1. The operator told him to continue to the hospital if he was almost there, but to stop and wait for an ambulance if he was not. He pulled back in to the garage to wait for paramedics to help deliver the baby. But the Bronson was on a shorter schedule.
“In a calm panic, my wife advised there was no more time and the baby was coming now,” Hugo said.
“I saw the top of my son’s head. My feelings at this time were indescribable, so I won’t even try to explain what was going on in my head.”
Bronson quickly emerged into the world, and his father’s waiting hands.
“I looked up and saw the calm look on my wife’s face, as if she was saying ‘good job.’” Hugo said. “I then turned to my two children still strapped to their baby seats and witnessed their wide-awake faces as they gazed and their new baby brother.”
The 9-1-1 operator asked if the baby was crying, Hugo said.
Bronson soon let out his first cries.
“I was happy to see that. He opened his eyes and started looking around,” Hugo said. “It was quite an experience.”
The 9-1-1 operator congratulated the couple, Hugo said.
San Bernardino Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Scott Fanus said a dispatch received the call reporting the impending birth at 1:41 a.m. Records indicated the baby was born at 1:44 a.m., before paramedics arrived.
The paramedics who arrived minutes later to deliver the baby were surprised to see the impatient infant waiting to greet them, Hugo said.
“They were all pretty shocked,” Hugo said. “They let me cut the umbilical cord.”
Hugo added that he was amazed by his wife’s collected demeanor during the hasty delivery process. “She was just very calm.”
PHOTOS(Courtesy): From top: 1.) Hugo Chavez, 31, of Upland, holds his newborn son, Bronson, minutes after delivering the baby inside the family SUV. 2.) A paramedics tends to mother Vanessa Hugo of Upland and her newborn son after a sudden birth left the family with no time to get to a hospital. Baby Bronson was delivered by his father in the family’s SUV. 3.) Bronson Chavez was delivered by his father inside the family’s SUV in Upland on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. 4.) Chavez family members, clockwise from left: Vanessa, Emma, Hugo and Evver. 5.) Paramedics responding to a report of a woman in labor found the baby’s father had already delivered the impatient infant inside the the family SUV. 6.) From left to right: Hugo Chavez, Vanessa Chavez and Bronson Chavez.