Police trying to ID child found lying in roadway

Santa Ana police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a young child who was found in the road lying next to a woman who they believe may have been pushed out of a truck Thursday night.

The unidentified woman, described as a Latina between 20 and 30 years old, died from her injuries at a local hospital.

The baby girl, believed to be 10 months to 1½ years old, remains in stable condition.


The Santa Ana Police Department identified the woman as the child’s mother.

Officers responded at about 8 p.m. to the 1600 block of West Edinger Avenue, where they reported finding the woman with major injuries and a young girl in the roadway.

While it’s possible the woman may have jumped from a moving vehicle, police are also investigating whether she was pushed from a passing car, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Witnesses reported seeing a dark colored pickup truck sped eastbound from the scene on Edinger Avenue, Bertagna said.

An autopsy will help determine whether the woman suffered any injuries before falling to the road.


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