LOS ANGELES, The woman who allegedly left her newborn baby under debris at the edge of a Los Angeles-area bike path has been found and arrested for attempted murder and child endangerment, police said.
Porche Laronda Washingon, 33, was arrested in Compton late last week after Special Victims Bureau detectives acted on tips and tracked her down. Washington made her first court appearance Monday.
Her newborn girl was heard crying by two women walking the path Nov. 27. They called police and officers were able to find and remove the debris that had been placed over her and rescue the baby from a large hole at the side of the bike path.
The officers found the newborn still wrapped in what appeared to be a hospital blanket. The newborn was estimated to be between 24- to 36-hours old and likely would not have survived the night.
“As a result of the multiple leads generated due to the public’s and media’s assistance in this case, Special Victims Bureau’s detectives were able to identify and arrest the mother,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
Washington was admitted to a local hospital on Nov. 23, SVB detectives learned, and was released three days later. The next day, the baby was abandoned.
The baby is in good condition at a local hospital, where the Department of Child and Family Services will determine to place her with relatives or in a foster home.
“They could have done the right thing, and instead they came and dumped it here,” local resident Angel Flores said. “I don’t know the situation they have or what’s going on, but this is not right. This is not human.”
By Shawn Price