Newborn baby found in middle of road with umbilical cord still attached

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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. "This female got out of her vehicle, asked the man if he could help her and asked him to take her child", the police spokesperson said.

He said he thought it was a small animal and approached it slowly. But when he approached the object, he realized it was a newborn baby dressed in a onesie without a diaper, he toldThe Fresno Bee. That's when they discovered the umbilical cord still attached.

He immediately called 911 and waited with the baby until an ambulance arrived, fearful the little girl might be taken by the coyotes common to the area.

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.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation now and working to track down the newborn's mother. Authorities are now investigating the identity and whereabouts of the mother.

Witnesses describe the mother as a Latina who appeared to be in her early 20s. The man instead directed her to a safe surrender site - a fire station - or nearby Valley Children's Hospital down the road, and suggested she take the baby there.

In California, parents or persons with lawful custody can safely surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, no questions asked, under the Safely Surrendered Baby Law. The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations.

If you have any information on this incident, please call the Madera County Sheriff's Office at 559-675-7770.

Authorities are trying to identify the person who abandoned the infant.

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