Mom of newborn found buried alive in California is arrested

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — A woman who allegedly buried her newborn daughter alive near a Compton bike path has been charged with attempted murder and child abuse.

Thirty-three-year-old Porche Washington was charged Monday and faces a possible life sentence if convicted.

She was arrested last Thursday and remains jailed. She has no attorney of record.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Ruiz says Washington didn't want people to know she was pregnant.

She gave birth at a hospital on Nov. 23 and was released with the child on Nov. 26.

The next day, passers-by heard a baby's cries, and sheriff's deputies were called to a bike path near a riverbed in Compton.

The baby, wrapped in a hospital blanket, was found under pieces of asphalt in a crevice. She's hospitalized in good condition.