LOS ANGELES -- A mother suspected of burying alive her newborn daughter near Compton Creek was in custody Monday on suspicion of attempted murder.
Porche Washington, 33, was arrested Thursday and held in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to the sheriff's department. Washington was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, and was tentatively scheduled to appear in court this afternoon in Compton, said Nicole Nishida of the sheriff's department.
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On Nov. 27, the Compton Sheriff's Station received reports of a baby crying in the riverbed between 136th Street and Slater Avenue, Sgt. Bob Boese said. Responding deputies found the infant buried alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble inside a crevice along the bike path, he said.
The baby was wrapped in a blanket and cold to the touch. She was hospitalized and remains in stable condition, Boese said.
She is believed to have been born 36 to 48 hours before she was discovered, Boese said. The baby's mother was arrested thanks to the public's and media's assistance, he said.
Officials have pointed out that under California law, an unwanted newborn can be left at a hospital or fire station within 72 hours of birth, no questions asked.