Baby injured in fall from Calif. parking structure

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Posted: Aug 23, 2011 1:38 AM
Baby injured in fall from Calif. parking structure

An infant boy plunged at least two stories from a Southern California hospital parking structure on Friday, and police said they were searching for the person who was with the baby.

The circumstances are "obviously suspicious" because the one- to three-month-old couldn't have gotten over the ledge on his own, Orange police Sgt. Dan Adams said Friday. He said a witness called 911 after seeing the baby drop from the second or fourth floor of the Children's Hospital Orange County garage.

The boy suffered critical injuries and was rushed to a trauma center at UC Irvine Medical Center for treatment.

Police had no information on the baby's identity or that of his parents. Adams said he didn't know whether the baby had been treated at the children's hospital.

Detectives were reviewing surveillance video to determine what happened and locked down the garage to search for evidence. Video shot by a KCAL-TV news helicopter showed yellow police tape outside a garage gate where a baby blanket remained on the ground.

"It's a horrific crime," Adams said. "We obviously don't think this is an accident."

Calls to the UC Irvine Medical Center weren't immediately returned.