Police arrest mother of newborn baby who was buried alive

Adam Collette
FILE - This Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 file photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows Deputy Adam Collette holding an infant girl where she was found abandoned under asphalt and rubble, near a bike path in Compton, Calif., as they seek the public's help in identifying her. Collette, who dug the abandoned newborn girl out of a hole, says he believes the infant had “a touch of God that day” to survive. Doctors say the baby might have died within hours, but she's now stable and healthy at a hospital. Officials are asking the unknown mother to come forward. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have arrested the mother of a baby who was buried alive near a Southern California bike path.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Boese said Sunday the woman was arrested late last week. He declined to release the woman’s identity, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Boese said tips from the public and media coverage of the baby’s rescue led to the arrest.

The girl was believed to be 24 to 36 hours old when she was found Nov. 27. Two sisters walking on a bike path near a riverbed in Compton heard the child’s cry.

Two deputies found her wrapped in what appears to be a hospital blanket, buried in a hole under loose dirt and piece of asphalt. She was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

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