SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Detectives continued to search on Wednesday for the mother of an abandoned newborn who was found in a stroller near a church in Exposition Park.
Around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, a man located a dirty stroller near St. Agnes Church at Vermont Avenue and Dana Street.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, he spotted the stroller around 1 p.m. on Tuesday and realized a Hispanic male infant, who had his umbilical cord still attached, was swaddled in a blanket inside of the stroller.
“I pulled the blanket down and the first thing I saw was the baby’s head,” said Alex Diaz. “I checked him to see if he had a pulse because he wasn’t moving at all. As soon as I touched him, he started moving and crying.”
Authorities were then notified of the incident and responded to the scene.
Paramedics transported the infant to California Hospital in good condition.
A preliminary investigation revealed the infant was left in the area overnight.
Detectives said they plan to review security video in hopes of tracking down the infant’s mother.
“We would like her to come forward to make sure she’s ok,” said Officer Sean Park. “[We would] like to know why the baby was left there.”
It remains unclear if charges will be filed in connection to the abandonment.
According to L.A. County’s Safe Surrender law, a parent or guardian may surrender an infant no more than 3-days-old with no questions asked as long as the baby shows no sign of abuse.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (213) 486-5910.