Detectives search for mother of newborn abandoned in stroller

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Detectives continued to search Wednesday for the mother of a baby left abandoned with his umbilical cord still attached inside a stroller in South Los Angeles.

A man found the newborn boy alone about 1 p.m. Tuesday in the stroller on a sidewalk at South Vermont Avenue and Dana Street, about half a mile north of the USC campus, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The day-old baby may have been abandoned Monday night.

Alex Diaz told police he had seen the stroller Monday night. Then on Tuesday, when he saw the stroller was still at the same spot, he went over to inspect it and saw the baby inside, KTLA reported.


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“Something inside me just told me to check,” he told KTLA.

The stroller was left abandoned across the street from St. Agnes Church, an elementary school and a strip mall.

The infant was taken to California Hospital Medical Center, where he was in stable condition, according to police.

California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law allows parents who do not want to keep their newborns to legally surrender them at hospitals or fire stations within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked.

In Los Angeles County, parents have surrendered eight newborns this year, and 132 babies since the program was launched 14 years ago.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (213) 485-2582.

Times staff writer Lauren Raab contributed to this report.


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