- NamUs: #UP66273
- County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Case Number: 2020-02012
- NCMEC Number1384586
Race: Hispanic/Latino, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, White/Caucasian (Coroner is uncertain of exact ethnicity)
Age Range: Newborn (approximately 10 days old)
Height: 1’6 – 1’8 cm (18 – 20 inches) estimated
Hair Colour: Black
Style: Full head of hair, 1″ long
Eye Colour: Brown
Date Found: 5th March 2020
Location Found: Baby Memorial Doe was found in the female restroom, in Pasadena Memorial Park at around 10 p.m.
Other Identifying Characteristics and Items
Recovery of Remains and Cause of Death
Maintenance workers devastatingly made the discovery of a deceased newborn baby girl in a stall within the women’s restroom at Memorial Park, Pasadena, California. The baby’s body was discovered on Thursday 5th March 2020 at approximately 10 p.m. as the workers were preparing to the clean restroom. She was found atop a stack of toilet paper. They then called the emergency services and officers, and the Pasadena Fire Paramedics were sent to 85 E. Holly Street, Pasadena, and they arrived at approximately 10:10 p.m.
The baby was full-term (and was not stillborn), and the manner of death is still under investigation, but Lt. Anthony Russo confirmed there were no visible signs of trauma. Police could not confirm if Baby Memorial Doe was born in the restroom, or if she was born elsewhere and brought there. There is no information available on whether the baby was clothed or not, nor do we know if the umbilical cord was still attached.
Police did search the surrounding areas, including the Metro station, to try and find the birthing location, but were unable to find anything. Pasadena Memorial Park is a known location for homeless individuals, but police could not confirm if the mother was homeless, but they said that the mother must have been a woman in clear distress.
Investigators have obtained the video surveillance from the Pasadena Senior Centre which could reveal the baby’s mother if she passed by the cameras, other surveillance was also being looked at. The search for the baby’s mother is continuing, and the police contacted medical facilities to determine if a female in need of postpartum emergency medical aid had attended, but they have not released information on if this has drawn out any clues.
The baby’s death was preventable given California’s Safely Surrender Baby Law (linked in references) that allows parents (or individual’s lawfully in custody of a minor 72 hours old or younger) to safely surrender to any firefighter on duty a local fire station. They are able to do this with no questions asked, without fear of prosecution for child abandonment.
The TMTL team have contacted the coroner to ask if they are able to release more information on the manner and time of death of Baby Memorial Doe.
2 Missing Person’s Exclusions
MP20446 Joliet Cedano, last seen 9th November 2006 in Los Angeles, California
MP19430 Cathryn Luquin, last seen 9th May 2000 in Los Angeles, California
Reason for Exclusions
Both children compared went missing in 2000, and 2006 respectively. The baby found in Memorial Park was a newborn, born in 2020.
California’s safe-haven law allows babies to be dropped off, no questions asked, at a hospital emergency room or a police or fire station within 72 hours of birth, his death was wholly avoidable.
What to do if You Recognise Her
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County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner
Contact: Betsy Magdaleno, Coroner Investigator, Identifications
Telephone: 323 – 343 – 0512
Pasadena Police Department
Telephone: 626 – 744 – 4565
800 – 222 – TIPS