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Los Angeles

Newborn baby girl found buried alive in riverbed

The two-day-old baby was discovered after passers-by heard her crying.

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A NEWBORN BABY girl has been found alive and well after being buried alive in a Los Angeles riverbed.

The baby, who is estimated to be between 36 and 48 hours old, was only discovered after passers-by heard her crying.

The LA County Sheriff is asking for the local public’s help with any information they may have as to the baby’s identity and abandonment.

Local police received a call at 4pm on Friday afternoon from walkers who said they could hear a baby crying from the riverbed in the city of Compton.


Two officers subsequently located the baby buried under layers of asphalt and rubble in a crevice.

CNN reports that the baby is believed to have been born at a hospital or medical facility because of the blanket she was found wrapped in.

Local Angelica Blount told CNN that she believed the noise she was hearing was a cat at first.

“My sister said ‘Can you hear the baby crying?’,” she said.

And I said, ‘I don’t know; it might be a cat’. And my sister said, ‘No, it’s a baby crying’.

It was Angelica and her sister Evangelina McCrary who phoned for police.

The baby is now at a local hospital where her condition is listed as stable.

LA County operates a system known as the ‘Baby Safe Surrender’ programme, under which a parent stuck in a difficult situation can simply surrender their child at any hospital or fire station in LA County.

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