Los Angeles cops are trying to track down the parents of a newborn baby who was found dumped in a park toilet bin.
The newborn was found in a public toilet at Yvonne Burke-John D. Ham Park in Lynwood in the US state of California on 11th June.
The baby was discovered by a park visitor who heard what she described as a “whimpering noise” coming from the toilet bin.
The woman searched through the contents of the bin and found the infant amongst the rubbish. She immediately took the baby out and called the police.
Police responded to the scene and rendered first aid. The newborn was transported to a local hospital for checks.
The baby boy is currently in a stable condition and will remain at the hospital for further observation.
The baby was placed into the care of the Department of Children and Family Services and Custody. The police announced that the process of the baby’s adoption is going well.
Lt. John Adams of the police’s Special Victims Bureau said that the sheriff’s department has received numerous enquiries about adopting the baby, including interest from their own detectives, fire personnel, and medical staff.
“Needless to say, this baby is quite the celebrity at this point,” stated Adams in a press conference.
According to the evidence collected by the police, the birth of the baby occurred in the bathroom where it was left sometime between 9th and 11th June. The police said the baby is either Hispanic or African-American.
The police added that the newborn’s parents have yet to be identified.
CCTV footage has been obtained from the park and investigators are trying to identify the people in the footage to shed more light on the case.
The authorities also reminded citizens that there is a law in California called ‘Safely Surrendered Baby Law’ which took effect at the beginning of 2011. The law says that an infant can be safely surrendered voluntarily at any hospital or fire station by a parent or person with lawful custody within 72 hours of the birth.
The investigation is ongoing.