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Baby hurt in plunge from hospital parking structure

Detectives are reviewing surveillance video in the incident. The infant is in critical condition, officials say.

August 23, 2011|By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times

Orange police were looking for leads Monday night after a baby was in critical condition from being thrown or dropped off a parking structure at Children's Hospital Orange County.

"We want to get our hands on the suspects," Sgt. Dan Adams told The Times.

He described the incident as a "horrific crime." A passerby saw the baby, who is believed to be 1 to 3 months old, falling from the second story or higher of the parking structure and called 911, Adams said.

He said investigators were at the hospital viewing surveillance video and interviewing people to develop leads.

Known as CHOC, the facility is California's best-known children's hospital. The hospital has several parking facilities on La Veta Avenue and off the 22 Freeway. It's unclear which structure was involved in the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (714) 744-7444.

robert.lopez@latimes.com

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