Woman accused of giving birth, abandoning baby in restroom of West Covina restaurant

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.

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Mother of baby found buried alive in Compton arrested


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.

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3-month-old boy dies after being found unconscious in Alhambra home-based day care center

ALHAMBRA >> A 3-month-old boy died Tuesday, a week after being found unconscious at a home-based day care center in Alhambra last week, authorities said Wednesday.
The infant died at 4:51 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, said Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Jerry McKibben. The baby’s identity was not released Wednesday.
Officers responded about 1:20 p.m. Oct. 12 to a report of a “baby not breathing” at a licensed day care center based out of a home in the 700 block of N. Cordova Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said.
“The information was that people in the house were doing CPR,” the sergeant said.
“Officers arrived. We took over CPR,” he said. Paramedics arrived a short time later and took over treatment of the baby as they rushed him to a hospital, where he was placed in an intensive care unit.
The circumstances of what was going on in the home when the infant stopped breathing were under investigation, Johnson said. Detectives summoned crime lab investigators to examine the scene.
Officials did not note any obvious signs of trauma or other initial indications of a crime, Johnson said. No arrests have been made.
The cause of death was yet to be determined, and the ongoing investigation hinges largely on the findings of doctors and coroner’s investigators, official said.
Police notified the California Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division, which regulates day care centers, as well as the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services about the incident, Johnson said.
State records show that state licensing officials conducted an inspection of the residential day care facility, licensed as Valdez Family Child Care, Oct. 14, two days after the baby was rushed to the hospital.
“This visit was made regarding the 10/12/15 incident, where a day-care child needed medical attention,” a facility evaluation report generated by the inspection said.
Two violations were noted: The licensee had only a standard first aid certification — not the required pediatric certification — and inspectors found the licensee’s adult son was living at the home without having undergone a required criminal background check, records show.
The report indicated the day care operator agreed to correct the issues by taking a class in pediatric first aid, and finding a new place for her son to live.
Following a previous, unannounced visit to the day care center in May, the inspector found no violations and issued no citations, records show.

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Man delivers son inside family SUV in Upland


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 0216_NWS_SGT-L-DELIVERY5vehicle 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.
0216_NWS_SGT-L-DELIVERY2“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.
0216_NWS_SGT-L-DELIVERY4“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.”
0216_NWS_SGT-L-DELIVERY3Hugo 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.



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Father suspected of infant abuse, few details released

LA HABRA — A father was arrested on suspicion of child abuse and attempted murder Saturday after his 8-month-old child was rushed to the hospital, authorities said.
The suspect’s name was not released Sunday pending further investigation, La Habra police Sgt. Mel Ruiz said. He was initially described only as a 37-year-old La Habra man.
Officials responded to a call reporting a baby having trouble breathing about 8:40 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 1500 block of South Beach Boulevard, Ruiz said.
The infant was hospitalized in critical condition, he said, and the father was arrested.
Police did not release the baby’s gender or what types of injuries the baby suffered.

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