California mom arrested for burying baby alive
December 8, 2015
The mother of an infant found buried alive under asphalt and rubble in Compton is in jail facing charges of attempted murder and child abuse. The charges carry a possible life sentence. [ABC News]
Authorities arrested Porche Washington, 33, on Thursday after obtaining her name from the hospital where she gave birth and tracking her through acquaintances. Washington pleaded not guilty on Monday and is being held in jail on $1 million bail.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Ruiz said Washington did not want people to know she was pregnant, and she hid the pregnancy from family and friends. Washington was stressed and afraid, and at first, she did not want to deliver the baby, Ruiz said.
She gave birth at a hospital on Nov. 23. On Nov. 26, the hospital released her with the child.
Two days later, two sisters were walking on a Compton bike path, and they heard muffled cries. Deputies responded and found the newborn girl wrapped in a blanket in a crevice buried under pieces of asphalt and rubble next to the path.
Emergency personnel treated the infant at the scene before transporting her to a nearby hospital.
The baby is currently hospitalized in good condition. Social workers say they are trying to find a family to adopt the infant.