Police ask for help in finding killer of infant

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Eliza Delacruz
(Long Beach Police)

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – Long Beach’s police chief pleaded the public’s help Monday in finding the killer of a 3-week-old baby girl whose body was found in a dumpster in Imperial Beach.

Authorities confirmed Sunday night that the deceased infant who had been dumped in a trash bin at a commercial strip mall in the 600 block of Palm Drive in Imperial Beach (map) was Eliza Delacruz, according to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department notified Long Beach police after making the grim discovery at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the release stated.

Her identity was confirmed by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna and Mayor Robert Garcia asked for witnesses or anyone with information on the case to come forward.

“To take a precious child from home, throw her in a dumpster like a piece of trash is something only a very heartless person would do,” Luna said. “We need to get the coward who committed this violent, senseless act off the street, but we absolutely need the public’s help to do this.”

Luna described the man wanted in the killing and shootings only as dark-skinned, possibly Latino or African-American. Police were working with a sketch artist to produce an image of the wanted man, Luna said.

Delacruz was kidnapped from the family’s home on the 100 block of West 51st Street (map) after three of her family members were shot and wounded Saturday shortly before 6 p.m., according to police.

The infant’s mother and uncle remained in critical but stable condition at last report.

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