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Officials seek mother of newborn found near Compton Creek

COMPTON — Detectives are continuing their search for the mother of a newborn girl who was found buried alive near Compton Creek Nov. 27.

“I knew what I was hearing as I [was] digging in the hole. I still didn’t believe it. It was more of a disbelief,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Adam Colette said of his initial thoughts at the scene where the baby was found. “When I’m holding the baby, looking down on it, I’m going, ‘The baby’s fine, it’s going to be OK.’ … I think the baby definitely had a touch of God that day.”

“I can still picture the baby’s face as if I’m holding it right now,” said Colette, the father of two daughters. “It was a miracle.”

He said he thought the baby may not have been found if she hadn’t been crying as two women passed by the area between 136th Street and Slater Avenue around 4 p.m. Nov. 27. They called 911 after hearing the noise.

Deputy David Perry, who also was on hand for the baby’s rescue, said he is hopeful she will have a good future.

“The baby is doing fine, but there are still no leads on the identity of the mother,” Deputy Mike Barraza said at a news conference Dec. 2. “We’re asking the public’s help to find her,” he said.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the baby was found wrapped in what appeared to be a hospital blanket in a hole filled with loose dirt, vegetation and two pieces of asphalt. The baby was cold to the touch and was taken to a hospital, where she remains stable and under observation.

“In this case, we’re extremely lucky,” McDonnell said. “Two women heard the baby and happened to pass by. If they were not alert or had not called for help, we may have lost this precious life.”

The sheriff said medical professionals have surmised the baby likely would not have survived the cold temperatures if she had been left there overnight.

Authorities are investigating all of the leads that are coming in about the baby, who may be Hispanic or black, officials said.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau asked anyone with information regarding the newborn to call them at (877) 710-5273.