[symple_googlemap title=”abandoned newborn” location=”corner of Hardwick Street and Lakewood Boulevard, Lakewood, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”15″]

Updated 6:35 p.m. Feb. 8, 2015

A newborn girl wrapped in blanket, possibly no more than four hours old, was found behind a wall in a commercial area of Lakewood just before sunrise Sunday.

A bicyclist heard the child’s cries about 6 a.m. near the northeast corner of Hardwick Street and Lakewood Boulevard, said Lt. A. Malone of the sheriff’s Lakewood station.

“Luckily, the bicyclist was in the area at the time,” Malone said. “She might have been found about four hours after being born.’

The sheriff’s lieutenant said the newborn was lying in some grass and wrapped in a blanket.

The bicyclist scooped up the baby and raced to a nearby fire station. She was treated there and then taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, with stable life signs, said Lt. Dan Beringer of the sheriff’s Lakewood station.

“The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public that California has a Safe Haven Law in place,” Beringer said. “A newborn may be dropped off at a designated ‘safe surrender site’ within the first 72 hours. “Designated sites, usually hospitals and fire stations, will accept the newborn with no questions asked.”

“Unfortunately in this case, we are now investigating a child endangerment incident,” he said. “Although we are investigating a crime, we are concerned about the mother’s health and well being. We urge her to seek follow up treatment from a qualified medical professional.”

Lakewood station detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the child or her mother to call them at (562) 623-3500.

City News Service

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