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.