Newborn baby discovered lying on road in near-freezing temperatures

Newborn baby discovered lying on road in near-freezing temperatures

Initially, he thought it was some kind of animal before realising it was a baby girl.

"It could've been worse because out its pitch black it's pitch black there could've been coyotes there's cars going by fast down that road", Fuentes Jr. told ABC30.

KFSN-TV reports the hours-old baby was wearing only a onesie when the newspaper carrier, Aurelio Fuentes, found her a short time later on the center line of the road in Madera County in Central California.

'As soon as I got out of the vehicle, I realized it was a baby...you could tell it had been there for a while because feces was leaking through the onesie, ' he said.

Officials said the newspaper carrier took the baby inside his auto and called 911.

She was being treated as of Monday afternoon at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, CBS Sacramento reported, and was said to be in good condition.

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Now authorities are on the hunt for the baby's mother.

A suspect allegedly approached a man as he walked down the road at 4.30am that morning and asked him to take her child.

'The man directed her to the fire station and the Valley Children's Hospital down the street and suggested she take the baby there'. He called 911 and, together with another passerby, tried to keep the infant warm until help arrived.

According to Madera County Undersheriff Tyson Pogue, a man was walking or jogging eastbound on Avenue 13 1/2 when he was approached by a Hispanic female in her early 20s driving a white, smaller SUV. Upon release from the hospital, she will be placed in the custody of Madera County Social Services.

California has a Safe Surrender law allowing newborns to be dropped off at several locations anonymously within three days of their births.

'The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations'.

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