Alex Diaz was walking along a Los Angeles street on Monday evening when he spotted an abandoned stroller with a blanket thrown over it outside a church.
He didn’t think twice and kept on walking. But the next afternoon, while out with his two young sons, something made him take a closer look. He lifted the blanket and found a newborn baby underneath, WKBN reports.
“When I got up close to the stroller and the blanket was clean, it was just like, ‘Oh, I hope nobody did this, I hope I’m not about to find a baby in here,’ and sure enough that’s what happened,” Diaz told KABC.
Investigators said the baby boy appeared to be just a day old. “It was burning hot. He was sweating,” said Diaz. “His pajamas were soaked in sweat.”
He added: “It was horrible. I don’t know how somebody can do something like that, not even animals do that.”
The baby was found across the street from St. Agnes Catholic Church. “That’s what saddens me about the whole situation that the child was left across the street under a mattress in a stroller, and they could’ve easily just rang the doorbell and left the child there,” Father David Matz said.
The baby could have been dropped off at a hospital or fire station without penalty, thanks to Los Angeles County’s “Safe Surrender” law, which allows a parent to give up an infant if the child is no more than three days old and shows no sign of abuse.
Now, authorities are examining surveillance footage from nearby businesses to see if they can find the child’s mother.
The baby boy was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
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