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April 23, 2000 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1996, Debi Faris voluntarily embarked on the joyless task of recovering the bodies of "trash can" babies from county coroners, wrapping the abandoned infants in snug afghans and burying them in tiny coffins at her private Garden of Angels cemetery. But as she prepared this month for funerals No. 42 and 43, Faris said, her "mission of heart" had become so heavy that it was time for the Legislature to put her out of business. "That is my . . . goal," she said.
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April 23, 2000 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1996, Debi Faris voluntarily embarked on the joyless task of recovering the bodies of "trash can" babies from county coroners, wrapping the abandoned infants in snug afghans and burying them in tiny coffins at her private Garden of Angels cemetery. But as she prepared this month for funerals No. 42 and 43, Faris said, her "mission of heart" had become so heavy that it was time for the Legislature to put her out of business. "That is my . . . goal," she said.
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OPINION
January 23, 2002
Re "Where to Bury Abandoned Babies Debated," Jan. 21: The little angels that Debi Faris cares for never had a family in life. Why separate them in death from other angels who are the only family they have? What makes officials think that the angels will be visited by "family" when it is clear that no one had cared for them before? Faris gives them a name of their own. We have enough John and Jane Does. These little people will be together in eternity. They should be together in the Garden of Angels [in Riverside County's Calimesa Cemetery]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2000
A young Mar Vista woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of killing a newborn son, whose body was found in a waste dump. Alejandra Maria Gomez, 18, was arrested Monday after investigators determined that the body of a newborn found Feb. 2 in a Carson dump was her child. The body had been picked up in a trash bin in Mar Vista and trucked to Carson, detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department determined. Deputy Dist. Atty. Kathryn A.
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July 14, 2002 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A crowd of 50 people, mostly strangers, cried, prayed, listened to poems and became a family for the three abandoned babies buried Saturday. The bodies of Amanda, Angelita and Paloma--names given to them by those attending the service--had been discovered in the Los Angeles area in the last four weeks. "There were more people here to show these babies love than their parents ever did," said Gilda Tolbert, an investigator for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office who attended the ceremony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2002 | GARIOT LOUIMA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Debi Faris says she remembers the story of each of the 48 children she's buried. Since 1996, she has been recovering the bodies of murdered and abandoned babies throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties and burying them in her private Garden of Angels in Riverside County's Calimesa Cemetery. "Every child has a story," said Faris, 46, of Yucaipa. "And every child is given a name. We give them a proper burial service to build a circle of love around the child.
NEWS
December 31, 2000 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A young Mar Vista woman who attended her high school prom in May now walks into a courtroom wearing a blue L.A. County jail jumpsuit. Alejandra Gomez, facing a murder charge, is accused of secretly giving birth to a baby boy, who died after she dumped him in a trash can earlier this year. A former USC student, Linda Chu, is serving a five-year term in a San Joaquin Valley prison for strangling her newborn daughter, then dumping her into a trash chute that serviced her dormitory.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 1992 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A good play is never out of date. A good political play can easily find a time to which it will be pertinent. Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard," written a century ago, seems written for today. Russell Dunn has adapted and directed the classic for Orange Coast College's Drama Lab Studio with a firm intention that we don't forget the parallels between Chekhov's day and ours. When blithely arrogant Gayev (Kelly A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1997 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He never had a name. Just a number. Coroner's case No. 973193. But the infant found in a trash can on the southeast corner of Olympic Boulevard and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles received the dignity in death that he was denied in life. Finally given a name by police, Baby Michael and two other abandoned infants were buried Saturday by strangers determined to see that children who die unloved at least do not go unmourned.
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June 15, 1997 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He never had a name. Just a number. Coroner's case No. 973193. But the infant found in a trash can on the southeast corner of Olympic Boulevard and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles received the dignity in death that he was denied in life. Finally given a name by police, Baby Michael and two other abandoned infants were buried Saturday by strangers determined to see that children who die unloved at least do not go unmourned.
NEWS
September 29, 2000 | JENIFER WARREN and RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Saluting the growing power of DNA testing, Gov. Gray Davis on Thursday signed three bills expanding use of the scientific sampling technique to help free the wrongly convicted and turn up suspects in unsolved crimes. In a hectic day of bill signings and vetoes, Davis also signed a bill designed to encourage unwed teen mothers to give away their newborn babies rather than discard them to die in dumpsters or roadside ditches.
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