ALHAMBRA – Police continued an intense investigation Monday to find the mother who recently abandoned her newborn child near the railroad tracks here, while members of a local church prepare to bury the infant they named Therese Rose. St. Therese Catholic Church will host the funeral for the baby girl at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The child’s death has “wounded” the community, said Father Jan Lundberg, a priest at the church. “When somebody does something like this, the people feel a gaping wound has been opened in our community,” Lundberg said. “They need healing. Also, this baby needs to be memorialized. She was thrown away, basically.” According to Alhambra police, baby Therese Rose, umbilical cord still attached, was tossed over a chain link fence along Front Street, just east of Mission Road, and dropped about 50 feet to the recessed railroad tracks. There, railroad employees found her dead at about 12:30 p.m. March 12. Monday, Alhambra police Chief Jim Hudson said he was seeking information about the people responsible for the crime. “Someone in Southern California knows,” Hudson said. “Someone has a sister, an aunt or a daughter who was pregnant and does not have a child. … That someone needs to do the right thing.” Anyone with information about the baby’s death is asked to call (626) 570-5168. Hudson said investigators have chased more than 50 leads in the case, but no suspect has been identified. The child is either Caucasian or Hispanic, police said. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has not determined the child’s cause of death. The mother made a tragic mistake, and now has the opportunity to also do the right thing by turning herself in, Hudson said. The chief said he’s confident authorities will find the person responsible for the baby’s death. There has been an outpouring of grief from the community in response to the baby’s death, Hudson said. A candlelight vigil is planned for 7 p.m. this evening at the intersection of Front Street and Primrose Avenue. Denise Lopez, a member of St. Therese’s Respect Life group, said she was devastated when she heard about the abandoned baby. Under California’s Safe Haven law, anyone can surrender a newborn baby to any hospital, fire station or police department without fear of investigation, she said. It’s important to provide a funeral and burial for the baby girl, she said. “We believe life is a gift from God, and death is also part of the process,” Lopez said. “We have to respect the birthing and dying process by doing it in the correct way and not just disposing of the body.” Lundberg said Pierce Brothers Simone DuBois Mortuary in San Gabriel and Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello are waiving their costs for the funeral and burial. “The culture of life needs to reassert itself … to help people get their priorities straight,” he said. Life is important and is not to be “thrown away,” he said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!