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Dead Fetus Found Next to Trash Can in El Monte Park

Deputies were investigating after a fetus was found in the city of El Monte Friday morning.

The 6-7-month-old fetus was found at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on the 1200 block of Lerma Road around 8 a.m. by a man emptying trash cans as part of his community service, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said. The umbilical cord was still attached to the placenta.

The LASD said there are no surveillance cameras at the park, and deputies have not been able to find the mother. The department said investigators want to find the mother to see if she’s OK.

“We’re trying at this point to see if we can locate the mother of this child for medical reasons. She may be in distress, losing a lot of blood,” LASD Lt. Hugo Reynaga said.

It’s too early to tell if anyone could face criminal charges, the LASD said.

Authorities want to remind people of LA County’s safe surrender law, which allows anyone to safely surrender a newborn baby to a fire station or hospital within 72 hours of birth.

The county says that since the program was established in 2002, more than 180 newborns have been safely surrendered.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to contact the Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Source: NBC Los Angeles

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