At the time of the incident, Officer Buelna was a young cop on duty in Santa Ana and investigating a stabbing that had taken place in the area a few days earlier. It was an unusually chilly evening that day and as he was making his rounds, some of the people in the neighbourhood told him that they had heard a baby crying.
On hearing that, Officer Buelna decided to investigate the reports of a crying baby. As he approached the dumpster, he thought he heard a soft noise that sounded like a cat softly mewling. He pushed some of the trash out of the way and there he found the little baby, crying his heart out in the midst of the garbage. The baby was barely alive and maybe would have died if he hadn’t been found that time.