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On Friday (Nov. 27), Los Angeles officials found a newborn baby girl buried alive underneath nearly a foot of debris in a Compton creek and are searching for answers to this disturbing act.

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the authorities received a call that afternoon about a crying child in a riverbed from two women who were walking along a bike path near the site. Responding deputies later found the infant from it’s muffled cries from a riverbed located between 136th Street and Slater Avenue at 4 p.m.

The baby girl is said to have been 36 to 48 hours old when the authorities rescued her. “The baby was wrapped in a blanket and cold to the touch’,” the sheriff’s department said.

After being safely removed from the asphalt and debris, the newborn was hospitalized in table condition where she will remain for observation.

While authorities are still on the hunt for the parents of the girl, Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the LASD weighed in on the incident offering that the Safe Surrender law allows parents to drop off their newborn at any hospital or fire station confidentially within 72 hours without fear of prosecution.

Angel Flores, a nearby resident, told NBC Los Angeles, “They could have done the right thing, and instead they came and dumped it here.”  “I don’t know the situation they have or what’s going on, but this is not right. This is not human,” he concluded.

According to detectives, the person(s) who did this, if found, could be charged with attempted murder and child endangerment.

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