Detectives in South Los Angeles continue to investigate the case of an abandoned day-old infant found alone in a dirty stroller. According to reports from both KTLA and the LA Times, the newborn baby boy was found alone with his umbilical cord still attached.
The child was discovered during afternoon hours, but authorities suspect that he could have spent the night there. A witness came forward and said he’d seen the stroller around 10:30 p.m. the night before, but didn’t think to check it for a child. When he walked by later the next day and saw the stroller was still here, his instincts told him to check.
The witness, identified as Alex Diaz, said that the baby had been carefully dressed in new pajamas, but was covered in sweat when he found him.
“You took your time to dress him up, but you couldn’t take your time to take him somewhere safe,” Diaz told KTLA. “You just left him out on the street—threw him out like trash. Can’t do that to a baby.”
The infant was taken for medical treatment, where he was reported to be in good condition.
The state of California has a Safely Surrendered Baby Law that allows parents who are unwilling or unable to keep their newborn to surrender the infant to hospitals or fire stations within 72 hours of birth. It is unknown why, in light of this law, the child was left to die.
The identity of the boy’s parents are unknown and detectives are hoping anyone with information will step forward.
For now, police are reviewing footage from surveillance cameras in the area in their search for a lead.