A 9-year-old girl discovered something gruesome while playing in her backyard in South Los Angeles on April 25: a dismembered infant's leg.
"When I was playing with the dog, I saw her sniffing the ball and I went to get it, but I saw the leg right there so I just ran away and told my mom," Britany Placencia told KTLA 5.
The infant is believed to have been 1 to 3 days old when she or he was dismembered. The girl's mother, who wished to remain anonymous, said she came out of the house, saw the leg near a bicycle, and called 911. She then discovered the infant's head in her side yard, reports NBC Los Angeles.
Police have asked neighbors to search their properties and trash cans for "suspicious items that may have been discarded," said Lt. Victor Lewandowski, who is with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
"It's possible that additional remains have been discarded ... in this area," he said.
Homicide detectives are also interviewing women who were recently pregnant, but whose babies are not with them at this time.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Sheriff's Department at 323-890-5500.
Photo Credit: Screen Capture Via KTLA 5