Father of baby found in trash can in LA rejoins family after she’s released from hospital

The family of a baby girl who was found in a trash can or sewage pipe has been discharged from the hospital and are returning to their home in Hawthorne, CA, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Police in April revealed the identity of the baby girl who had been found in a waste bin next to the Hawthorne hospital. Kimberly Cummings had brought her daughter to the hospital after the 23-year-old was rushed there for an ectopic pregnancy and found out it was a live birth.

Cummings and her 10-year-old daughter were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and kidnapping and two days later the newborn was found in the pipe by responding firefighters. The girl was held in Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for a few weeks, but she was discharged Jan. 18 and is now back with her family, a hospital spokesman told the paper.

Initially, police said they believed the baby was in “grave danger” of dying and officers were concerned the infant was illegally abandoned. A child abuse investigation was started at the time.

Sheriff’s homicide investigators released the girl’s name earlier this month, saying they wanted her safe and were not looking for anyone else in connection with her life. The department is still looking into the case.

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