Newborn Found in Middle of Road


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.

In the middle of the road sat a squirming bundle; the 21-year-old could hear the screams over his vehicle radio, turned low as he delivered newspapers in Madera Ranchos, Calif., early Monday, per the Fresno Bee.

He said he thought it was a small animal and approached it slowly.

I had my radio low, thank god.' He told the Fresno Bee.

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

The little girl was then rushed by ambulance to Valley Children's Hospital, where she remains in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit but is said to be "doing well".

'She asked (a man walking by) if she could taker her child, ' police spokesman Tyson Pogue said.

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Madera County Sheriff's Office, who attended the scene alongside the California Highway Patrol, are now looking to identify the child's mother.

A suspect allegedly approached a man as he walked down the highway and asked him to take her child.

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

Pogue had instructed the woman to go to a fire station or to nearby Valley Children's Hospital to surrender the child safely, but that did not happen.

The baby was taken to the nearest hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Witnesses describe the mother as a Latina who appeared to be in her early 20s.

Following a rise in newborn infants being abandoned in inappropriate locations, California introduced a Safe Surrendered Baby program in 2001, which was brought into law in 2006.