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Mom of newborn found buried alive in California is arrested


According to inmate records obtained by KTLA, Porche Larona Washington, 33, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and child endangerment.

He said additional details on her identity and the circumstances related to her arrest will be released during a news conference at 10 a.m. Monday. Bail is set at $500,000. A day later, two sisters walking on a Compton bike path near a riverbed heard her daughter’s muffled cries, authorities said.

She gave birth at a hospital on November 23 and was released with the child on November 26.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy holding a baby that was buried alive in a crevice in the Los Angeles riverbed.

In the days after the baby was found, investigators began working to track down the baby’s mother.

The child was the fourth abandoned baby found in Los Angeles County this year. Detectives then contacted Washington’s acquaintances and used information from the public to find her. The baby had been left there for several hours, and remains hospitalized in good condition, Ruiz said.

She had been hiding her pregnancy and “She did not want people to know she was pregnant”, Ruiz said, adding that she had been successfully concealing her condition.

Ruiz said he could not reveal if Washington was aware of the Safe Surrender program out of respect for the District Attorney’s office role in determining which charges to file.

‘Under the program, a parent stuck in this type of hard situation can safely surrender their baby to any hospital or any fire station in Los Angeles County, ‘ he said.

Through Dec. 2 of this year, 16 babies have been dropped off and four abandoned newborns have survived.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department