October 17, 2018

Abandoned Baby Sleeping in Desk Drawer at Los Angeles Police Station, 1971

Policewoman Pat Johnson, 28, tends a baby girl, about 9 months old, who was found alone and crying in a downtown hotel room in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by Cal Montney/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Baby was placed in file drawer for a nap after she was fed milk, Jell-O and cottage cheese. She later was taken to a foster home. The hotel manager called police after receiving complaints that the baby had been crying for hours.

The photo of the sleeping baby was taken by Times staff photographer Cal Montney on July 8, 1971.

In 2006, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law took effect in California.




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