The Board of Supervisors offered a $5,000 reward Tuesday to anyone who can identify the person who buried a newborn baby along a hiking trail in Altadena.
The baby boy was found May 16 by a jogger and her dogs, half buried along a trail. After a few days in a hospital, the infant was given to foster parents who plan to adopt him.
"Sadly, we are living through an era when, at times, the sanctity of a baby's life is ignored," said county Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who suggested the reward. "We hear reports of babies tossed into dumpsters, abandoned in public restrooms, and now left for dead in the wilderness."
Antonovich said the reward is intended to send a strong message to those who jeopardize an infant's life.
Meanwhile, Det. Kevin Elliott and the woman who found the baby will appear today on the national syndicated "Leeza" show in an effort to locate the mother.