Los Angeles County Fire Department officials responded to a woman who gave birth in the Santa Clara river wash in Santa Clarita Monday morning.
The call came in at 5:52 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Whites Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.
“We got a call from a transient man in the wash who said a woman had given birth in the wash there. (The informant said) the woman walked off into the wash and left the baby after giving birth,” said Detective Thomas Brooks with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “The man called for paramedics and reported that she abandoned the baby.”
Deputies found the woman, who had been living in a homeless camp for a couple days, about an hour later hiding in a tree, Brooks said.
“She’s already been transported to the hospital along with the baby,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo.
The newborn girl and her mother were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital where both are listed in good condition, according to a news release.
The woman is expected to be booked at the SCV Sheriff’s Station for child endangerment charges, Brooks said.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are investigating the incident.