Missing Long Beach infant found dead in San Diego


Eliza Delacruz
(Long Beach Police)

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IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. – The infant found dead in an Imperial Beach shopping center Sunday was the abducted baby from a shooting in Long Beach that sent the child’s mother and two men to the hospital, authorities confirmed Sunday.

Long Beach police identified the infant as 3-week-old Eliza Delacruz, who was reported missing in Long Beach, according to KTLA.

A woman told deputies she discovered the baby’s body in a bag inside a dumpster behind a pizza shop at 1:25 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of Palm Avenue near Rainbow Drive.

Long Beach police joined San Diego Sheriff’s Department in the death investigation Sunday night, hours after they asked the public for help in finding Delacruz.

Delacruz had been missing since 5:50 p.m. Saturday after her mother and the two men were critically injured in a shooting in the 100 block of West 51st Street, Long Beach said.

Officials said Sunday an Amber Alert had not been issued for Delacruz because there was no description of the gunman or his vehicle, KTLA reported.

It was not disclosed how the infant died. All three adults were expected to survive.

Anyone with information should call the police communications center at 562-435-6711. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit their website.

Imperial Beach residents gathered outside the restaurant to mourn the death of the infant.

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