Just over a week after a newborn girl was found “buried alive” under a pile of debris along a bike path in Compton, authorities on Sunday announced that her mother has been arrested.
The arrest, made by Special Victims Bureau detectives, was the “result of multiple leads generated due to the public’s and media’s assistance in this case,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
The woman’s identity and the status of the recovering infant, along with details of the arrest, will be disclosed at a Monday morning news conference, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The mother’s booking photo was not expected to be released, due to the “ongoing nature of the case,” the news release said.
About 4 p.m. Nov. 27, the child’s cries were heard by two women who were out for a walk on a bike path in the area of West 136 Street and North Slater Avenue.
“They heard what sounded like an animal making noise or a baby’s cry — it was muffled,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said at a news conference Nov. 31.
After the women called 911, two deputies responded to the scene and determined that the cries were coming from a 2-foot-wide hole in the bike path’s pavement.
The deputies removed a pile of debris that included vegetation and two large pieces of asphalt, under which they found the infant.
“She was wrapped in what appears to be a hospital blanket, and her face was covered with loose dirt,” McDonnell said. Medical personnel later said the girl likely would not have survived the frigid night.
She was believed to be 24 to 36 hours old when she was discovered, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The child was transported to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition at last report and placed in the custody of the county’s Department of Children and Family Services.
Investigators emphasized that the girl could have been turned over — no questions asked — via the county’s Safe Surrender program.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the department’s Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273. Anonymous tipsters may contact Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477, texting the letters TIPLA plus a tip to 274637, or at lacrimestoppers.org.
Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent was asked to call the county Department of Children and Family Services’ parent recruitment line, 888-811-1121.