20 Years After Woman Finds Newborn Buried Alive in Shallow Grave in Altadena, the Two Reunite

In 1998, a jogger found a newborn baby buried alive in the foothills of Altadena, his umbilical cord still attached. The baby, not more than a few hours old, hovered near death.

Azita Milanian is reunited with Matthew Whitaker, the newborn baby she found abandoned on the side of a trail in Altadena 20 years ago. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Azita Milanian is reunited with Matthew Whitaker, the newborn baby she found abandoned on the side of a trail in Altadena 20 years ago. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

For decades, Azita Milanian would wonder what happened to the boy after he recovered at a Pasadena hospital and was put up for adoption. This week, 20 years to the date of when she found him, the pair were reunited.

"I was waiting for you for 20 years," a tearful Milanian said as she hugged Matthew Whitaker.

It was a reunion that came about in an unlikely way, after a friend's mom wrote into the KIIS FM radio station explaining Whitaker's story and asking for a 23andMe DNA kit so he could learn more about his ancestry.

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Matthew Whitaker looks at the spot (to the right of the pile of rocks) where he was abandoned as a newborn in brush near a trail in Altadena 20 years ago. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Matthew Whitaker looks at the spot (to the right of the pile of rocks) where he was abandoned as a newborn in brush near a trail in Altadena 20 years ago. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)