LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have arrested the mother of a baby who was buried alive near a Southern California bike path.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Boese said Sunday the woman was arrested late last week. Authorities said Monday that Porche Laronda Washington, 33, has been booked for attempted murder and child endangerment.
Washington did not want to deliver her baby and did not want people to know she was pregnant, authorities said.
Boese said tips from the public and media coverage of the baby’s rescue led to the arrest.
The girl was believed to be 24 to 36 hours old when she was found Nov. 27. Two sisters walking on a bike path near a riverbed in Compton heard the child’s cry.
Deputies found her wrapped in what appears to be a hospital blanket, buried in a hole under loose dirt and piece of asphalt. She was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
Washington is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.