A young girl who discovered a days-old infant’s limbs while playing in her South L.A. home’s backyard spoke about the disturbing find on Sunday.
The girl, believed to be 9 years old, was playing with her dog on Saturday morning when she found the baby’s leg.
“When I was playing with the dog, I saw her sniffing the ball and I went to get it, but I saw the leg right there so I just ran away and told my mom,” Britany Placencia said.
The girl’s mother, who did not wish to give her name but gave KTLA permission to interview her daughter, said Placencia and her sibling were playing before church when they made the gruesome discovery.
The infant, believed to be about 1 to 3 days old, had been dismembered and its head was later found near the home, located in the 1500 block of West 104th Street in unincorporated Westmont (map), officials said.
“Significant portions” of the baby remain missing, and nearby residents were “urged to look in their yards and trash cans for suspicious items that have been discarded,” said Lt. Victor Lewandowski with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“It’s possible that additional remains have been discarded … in this area,” Lewandowski said.
Detectives also asked to speak with “any females who were recently pregnant and are no longer pregnant, and the baby is absent,” he added.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500.