Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Newborn with umbilical cord still attached found in middle of California roadway

Newspaper Carrier Finds Newborn Abandoned in Frigid Temperatures on Central Valley Road; Mother Sought 00000168-de9d-d052-ade9-fedd88450000
Deanna Wagner | 12 February, 2019, 20:24

It's unclear how long the newborn had been left in the road.

The little girl was in onesie pyjamas with her umbilical cord still attached.

The CHP says the infant was dressed in a soiled onesie in 30-degree weather.

According to the Madera County Sheriff's Office, the baby girl, who was just hours old, was rushed to Valley View Hospital.

"Just before 4:00 a.m this morning, while on his route, a local newspaper carrier found a newborn baby girl lying in the middle of the road", California Highway Patrol's Central Division said Monday.

Officers arrived minutes later to find the baby.

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

The baby was taken to a neonatal intensive care unit at Valley Children's Hospital. Yahoo Lifestyle has reached out to the Madera County Sheriff's office for information on the baby and mother and will update this post when it responds.

The California Highway Patrol said: 'The California Highway Patrol would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone of California's Safely Surrendered Baby Law.

Undersheriff Tyson Pogue told The Fresno Bee a woman driving down the road left her vehicle, stopped a passing man and asked if he could take her child.

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.

The woman was described by Madera County Sheriff's Office as a "Hispanic female adult, possibly in her early 20's". She was last seen fleeing the scene in the small SUV of unknown make or model, authorities said.