The baby girl was found in a 2-foot deep hole the day after Thanksgiving

Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy is being hailed a hero for his recent rescue of a newborn who was buried alive in asphalt debris along a bike path in Compton.

At a press conference yesterday, Deputy Adam Collette recalled the moment on Friday after two sisters called 911 claiming to hear the muffled cries of a baby. (Neither the newborn girl or her parents have yet been identified.)

“My first thought was maybe there was an animal stuck in a fence,” Collette told news crews. He said he pinpointed where the cries were coming from, and started digging.

“As we’re getting closer to the sound, I’m pulling the asphalt chunks to the side, and thinking, ‘It’s not going to be a baby,'” Collette said. “Then I saw the blanket, and was like, ‘Oh wow – it’s a baby.'”

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Officials claim the baby was left in a 2-foot deep hole that was covered with asphalt blocks, loose vegetation, and dirt. They said the newborn may have been there for hours, and likely wouldn t have survived that evening’s colder temperatures.

The baby was cold to the touch when firefighters arrived at the scene. Medical technicians estimated the child was between 24 and 36 hours old at the time Collette found her.

“I think that baby had a sigh of relief and so did I,” Collette – who earned his badge slightly more than a year ago – said during the press conference. “We kind of felt each other like, ‘Hey, everything’s going to be OK.'”

He added, “It was a miracle.”

Police are urging the child’s mother to come forward.

Parents wishing to surrender their baby can safely do so, no questions asked, at any hospital or fire station in Los Angeles County. For more information, call 877-222-9723 or visit