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Newborn buried alive miraculously saved in Los Angeles

by | Nov 30, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Newborn was found under asphalt along popular Compton walking path

Newborn was found under asphalt along popular Compton walking path

Police in the Los Angeles area are still searching for the mother of a newborn baby who miraculously survived being buried alive beneath shards of asphalt and rubble near a bike path in Compton, a city in South Central Los Angeles.

Found Friday by two sisters who were walking, the baby was estimated to be no more than 36-48 hours old.

CNN reported that the sheriff’s office said the baby girl was “cold to the touch” and wrapped in what appeared to be a hospital blanket.

“There’s indications that the child was born at a medical facility or at a hospital…because of the blanket,” LA Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla told journalists on Saturday. “”We do know that if the child had spent the night there in those conditions the baby wouldn’t have survived.”

Angelica Blount was walking when her sister, Evangelina McCrary, pointed to a sound she had heard.

“She told me, ‘Can you hear the baby crying?'” Blount told CNN affiliate KABC. “And I said, ‘I don’t know; it might be a cat.’ And my sister said, ‘No, it’s a baby crying.'”

They called 911.

“As they searched, 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,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. “Deputies removed the pieces of asphalt and debris and rescued the baby from the crevice. The baby was wrapped in a blanket and cold to the touch. They checked her vital signs and called for paramedics.”

The baby was whisked to a hospital where her condition is listed as stable.

“They could have done the right thing, and instead they came and dumped it here,” said Angel Flores, a nearby resident told NBC Los Angeles. “I don’t know the situation they have or what’s going on, but this is not right. This is not human.”

California has a “safe-haven law,” the Washington Post reported. “Over the past 13 years, 685 newborns have been surrendered in the state — including 73 last year — according to data from California’s Department of Social Services.”

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