Boy Walking Home From School Finds Decomposed Body of Infant in Long Beach Alley


Police in Long Beach were investigating the discovery of an infant’s body found in an alley on Feb. 23, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

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A 13-year-old boy walking home from school with his friends Tuesday afternoon found the decomposed body of an infant in an alley in Long Beach.

The discovery was made around 4:22 p.m. near East 67th Street and Gardenia Avenue, according to Claudia Lopez with the Long Beach Police Department.

Jamal Davison made the gruesome discovery.

“First, I saw it, then I thought it was something else,” Davison told KTLA.

He went back to take another look with a friend and finally understood what he had found.

“After that, I realized it was a baby. Then I called police,” the teenager said. “It looked like a newborn. It looked just like a newborn.”

The body was near a cardboard box and other debris and was initially believed to have been burned, police said.

Homicide detectives later determined the remains were not burned but in a stage of decomposition that would give the body that appearance, according to police Sgt. Brad Johnson.

No additional information was released about the baby.

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