Hours-old baby girl abandoned with her umbilical cord still attached

Blanche Robertson
February 13, 2019

According to ABC News, a newspaper delivery person found the baby early Monday lying "on the centre line of a roadway".

Aurelio Fuentes, who found the infant, said he heard her crying and screaming.

Fuentes, 21, initially thought the newborn was an animal, or perhaps a toy.

A baby just hours old is now safe after she was found abandoned in the middle of a road early Monday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.

Sheriff's officials say a man walking around 4:30 a.m. Monday was approached by a woman in a white SUV who asked him to take her baby. "OK, you know, this is a baby".

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According to the Fresno Bee, a Fresno Bee newspaper carrier was delivering papers in Madera - traveling at about 5 miles per hour - when he noticed the newborn baby in the middle of the dark road. "This female got out of her vehicle, asked the man if he could help her and asked him to take her child", Madera County Undersheriff Tyson Pogue told reporters Monday.

I had my radio low, thank god.' He told the Fresno Bee. "I gotta get out there, '" he said.

First responders - including a fire truck, ambulance and officers from the Madera Country Sheriff's Office - soon arrived and rushed the baby via ambulance to Valley Children's Hospital, where it was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit, according to a Facebook post by the Sheriff's Office.

Authorities are seeking the mother. The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations. Although the baby is in good condition, she was admitted to the NICU. She left the scene in a small white SUV of unknown make or model.

Pogue said the situation was inexplicable and also noted that any newborn infants can be safely surrendered at any designated "safe surrender site" - a fire station or hospital - without any questions asked or the mother facing any charges.

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