California infant abducted after shooting found dead in dumpster

By Erin Clingenpeel

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) -- A 3-week old baby who was abducted from her home in Southern California after her parents and uncle were shot has been found dead in a dumpster near San Diego, police said on Monday.

Eliza Delacruz's body was identified on late Sunday after an infant's body was found at 4:30 p.m. local time in a dumpster outside a strip mall in Imperial Beach, about 9.5 miles (15.3 kilometers) southeast of San Diego, according to the Long Beach Police Department. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Delacruz went missing on late Saturday afternoon after her parents and uncle were found shot at a residence in Long Beach, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Imperial Beach. The infant's mother and uncle remained in "critical but stable" condition on Monday, police said. The child's father was treated and released.

Investigators were still attempting to identify the suspect who was seen leaving the scene with the infant and remains at large. Police described the suspect as an adult male with dark skin, possibly Hispanic or African-American. No vehicle was seen at the scene.

"Little is known about the suspect, (but) detectives do not believe the shooting was a random act of violence," the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement, describing the crimes as "heinous." Investigators are appealing to the public for information on the suspect.

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