SANTA CLARITA (CNS) — A woman — possibly a transient — gave birth to a baby girl Monday, Aug. 10, in a wash in the Santa Clarita area then abandoned the girl and ran off, but a man who called 911 stayed with the child while waiting for authorities, who tracked down the mother nearby.
Deputies responded around 5:50 a.m. to an area behind the Metrolink station at Via Princessa and Whites Canyon Road, according to the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley Station.
“An anonymous male caller called 911 to report that a woman was giving birth in a wash …” sheriff’s public information officer Shirley Miller said.
The man who called authorities stayed with the newborn, and said the woman had fled into the riverbed. Deputies fanned out across the wash and found the woman about an hour later. She was led out of the wash and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where she and the infant were listed in good condition.
A resident told CBS2 the woman had been living in a homeless encampment in the area and was fretting recently about the impending birth.
The discovery of the baby girl was the second time in a week that a newborn was found abandoned in the Los Angeles area. Last week, a newborn boy with the umbilical cord still attached was found abandoned in a stroller near Vermont Avenue and Dana Street in South Los Angeles.
The boy’s 20-year-old mother, Belen Ramirez, was arrested Aug. 8 on suspicion of child endangerment.
It was not immediately clear if the woman who gave birth would be arrested.
In response to the birth, county and sheriff’s officials again stressed that under the county’s “Safe Surrender” law, a parent or guardian is allowed to surrender an infant who is no more than three days old without repercussions, as long as the baby shows no sign of abuse.
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, a newborn boy was surrendered at a hospital in Los Angeles, the ninth infant turned over under the Safe Surrender law in Los Angeles County this year.