A newborn baby boy was found in a “dirty” stroller, with his umbilical cord still attached, on a street corner in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez told KTLA the infant child was found at Vermont Avenue and Dana Street about 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
A Southwest Division detective said the baby boy is likely to be only one day old.
LAPD Southwest Division Capt. Sean Parker said a witness first saw the newborn baby boy about 10:30 p.m. Monday evening and then saw the infant child again a little before 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
According to Capt. Parker, it appears as though the newborn was lying in a filthy stroller, on the street corner all night long.
Capt. Parker asks for support from the public.
“We are asking the public’s help to identify the mother — to make sure the mom is safe and why the baby was left here. But the most important thing … is that the baby is safe.”
The parents’ identities are currently unknown. The newborn baby boy was described as either white or Hispanic.
Police are viewing surveillance video from cameras positioned in various locations in the area.
Alex Diaz was the Good Samaritan who found the baby. He said he initially spotted the “dirty” stroller Monday night and assumed someone had just thrown it out.
However, on Tuesday, when he walked by with his two children, he noticed that there was a clean blanket inside the stroller, as Diaz explained to KTLA.
“Something inside me just told me to check. I just never thought I was gonna see that.”
According to Diaz, the newborn was wearing new pajamas and covered in sweat.
Alex voiced his frustration and concern.
“You took your time to dress him up, but you couldn’t take your time to take him somewhere safe. You just left him out on the street — threw him out like trash. Can’t do that to a baby.”
The newborn was found in the Adams-Normandie neighborhood, north of USC, St. Agnes Church, an elementary school, and a strip mall with a Ralph’s grocery close by. The baby’s stroller was on Dana Street across from the church.
Rev. David Matz of St. Agnes said, “It’s saddening … to think, here they are, this close to a church that has social services, and all they had to do was ring the bell.”
California state law allows anyone with lawful custody of a newborn to safely surrender a child within 72 hours of the baby’s birth and face no criminal repercussions.
According to BabySafeLA.org, in Los Angeles County, newborn babies may be surrendered at any hospital or fire station.
[Featured image via KTLA]