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Mother Of Newborn Girl Found Buried Alive Has Been Arrested
The mother of a newborn girl found buried in a Compton bike path has been arrested.On Sunday evening, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced the arrest and said that more details, including the mother's identity and the status of the baby, would be announced at a press conference on Monday morning. "As a result of the multiple leads generated due to the public's and media's assistance in this case, Special Victims Bureau’s detectives were able to identify and arrest the mother," Sheriff's officials said in a statement.
The newborn girl was found on the Friday after Thanksgiving, buried under a pile of rubble by a bike path along Compton Creek. Two women walking on the path near West 136th Street and North Slater Avenue heard the baby's cries and reported it to authorities. Deputies searching the area heard "a baby's muffled cry" and found the child, who was "cold to the touch" and estimated to have been born in the last 36 to 48 hours.
"The cry that I heard, as a father, was more of a cry for help, 'I'm hungry,' but not like 'I'm injured and hurt,'" said L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Collette, who found the newborn. "I know what I was hearing, but I didn't believe it."
The baby was taken to a hospital and eventually placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services, according to KTLA. She will eventually be placed up for adoption.
Authorities say the parents of newborns caught in difficult situations do not have to resort to such measures and can safely surrender babies to any hospital or fire station in L.A. County, no questions asked. For more information on Safe Surrender, call 1-877-222-9723, or visit BabySafeLA.org.
Update, 11:45: Authorities have identified the mother as 33-year-old Porche Lardona Washington of Compton. The L.A. Times reports that Washington gave birth to the girl on November 23 and was released from the hospital on Thanksgiving. Washington hid her pregnancy from family and friends. "Basically she was stressed. She did not want to deliver the baby at first," said Sergeant Richard Ruiz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Special Victims Bureau. "She was afraid."
Washington has been charged with attempted murder and child abandonment.