Mom arrested after allegedly abandoning newborn with umbilical cord attached
LOS ANGELES — A 20-year-old woman was arrested Saturday, days after a newborn baby boy who still had his umbilical cord attached was found in an abandoned stroller on a South Los Angeles street corner, police said.
Belen Ramirez was arrested Saturday around 12:30 a.m. near the University of Southern California campus, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez said, KTLA reported.
The arrest came after the newborn baby boy was found on Tuesday at Vermont Avenue and Dana Street in South L.A.’s Adams-Normandie neighborhood, north of USC.
He was wearing pajamas and covered in sweat at the time of his discovery. A Southwest Division detective said the infant was about one day old at the time.
The child was initially taken to California Hospital Medical Center and listed in stable condition. As of Saturday, Lopez said the child was likely with the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services.
It was not known why the mother left the baby and additional information about the child’s father and family members was not known.
Ramirez was held in lieu of $100,000 bail after being arrested on suspicion of a felony count of child endangerment.