Newborn baby found lying on road with umbilical cord still attached

Newborn baby found lying on road with umbilical cord still attached

Newborn baby found lying on road with umbilical cord still attached

An investigation has been launched to find out who abandoned the newborn baby.

Fuentes described the "awful, chilling, moment" he was approaching a customer's house in his auto and saw something white moving in the road, which he initially thought was an animal.

A newborn girl found lying in a Central Valley road Monday is safe, according to Madera County officials.

The temperature at the time was below 30 degrees and the baby was wearing only a soiled onesie, the CHP said.

A newspaper delivery man on his morning round got the shock of his life when he found a newborn baby lying in the middle of the road. "OK, you know, this is a baby".

He said the umbilical cord was still attached to the infant. "There could've been coyotes, there's cars going by fast down that road", Mr Fuentes said.

Minutes before Fuentes called for help, a woman approached a man walking his dog in the area, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities eventually arrived and took the baby in for treatment.

Fuentes brought the girl into his vehicle, where he called 911.

"The man directed her to the fire station and the Valley Children's Hospital down the street and suggested she take the baby there". Authorities are now investigating the identity and whereabouts of the mother.

The child will be placed in the care of child protective services when she is fully recovered. He refused, and pointed her toward a nearby hospital and fire station. She is described as a Hispanic woman in her early 20s who left the scene in a small, white SUV.

She was said to have been driving a white SUV but details of her physical description are "unknown".

'Parents or persons with lawful custody can safely surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked, at designated safe drop-off sites.

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