Video of suspects who abandoned newborn in Lakewood park released

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LYNWOOD - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department today released video of persons of interest and gave an update on the condition of a male newborn baby abandoned earlier in June at Yvonne Burke- John D. Ham Park.

According to Lt. John Adams of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, at around 8 a.m. on June 11, someone heard whimpering from the women’s restroom, found the baby in a trashcan and called 911.

“The baby is listed in stable condition and has been placed into the care of Children and Family Services,” Adams said. “The adoption process for the baby is underway.”

Adams said several first responders who have interacted with the care of the newborn and asked about adoption.

“Needless to say, this baby is quite the celebrity these days,” Adams said.

The sheriff’s department released video footage of two females and a toddler walking near the restroom. The two females sat down on a bench before walking off camera.

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“We have evidence to believe that the birth occurred in the bathroom,” Adams said. “I can’t say what would cause (the mother) to abandon the baby in that fashion, but I guess you could speculate that age could play a part.”

The parents or guardians of the newborn have not been identified. On Wednesday, a sketch of one of the females was released in hopes of identifying the parents.

“We would like to have access to the parents to further our criminal investigation and determine under what circumstances the pregnancy occurred,” Adams said. “The possible charges against the parents could be child endangerment or child abandonment.”

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California has a Safely Surrendered Baby Law, which gives parents or guardians the choice to legally and safely surrender their baby at any hospital or fire station in Los Angeles County, no questions asked.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Special Victims Bureau toll free tip line at (877) 710-5273 or by email at specialvictimsbureau@lasd.org.