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A newborn baby boy was discovered in the toilet at a fast food restaurant in West Covina, but he was reported to be alive Monday.
Paramedics rushed the newborn to an area hospital, said West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez.
Lopez said a woman went into the bathroom of a Subway sandwich shop at 2540 S. Azusa Ave. and gave birth this morning.
The woman left the eatery and left a trail a blood behind her, drawing attention to the bathroom, Lopez said.
“Employees went inside and saw an umbilical cord hanging out of the toilet, then they found the baby in the toilet,” he said.
The baby was submerged in toilet water and crying, Lopez said.
Police were informed of the discovery at 8:34 a.m.
The boy was cared for by Subway employees and patrons with help from 911 dispatchers until paramedics arrived, he said.
The mother, identified as Mary Grace Trinidad, 38, left behind a trail of blood which officers used to track her down at a Pep Boys store in the same shopping center, Lopez said.
She was taken into custody and hospitalized like any new mother would be immediately after giving birth, but will be arrested after she is released, he said.
The baby remains hospitalized in critical condition, Lopez said.
Trinidad will be booked on suspicion of attempted murder and child abandonment.
Bail will be set at $2 million, according to Lopez. She also had a $30,000 narcotics-related warrant outstanding for her arrest, police said.
Trinidad used to live in West Covina, but was a transient at the time of her arrest, according to police.
—City News Service
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