Baby with umbilical cord still attached found in middle of California road

Baby with umbilical cord still attached found in middle of California road

The California Highway Patrol's Alfred Medina holds the infant girl who was found in the town of Madera Ranchos.

He initially thought it was an animal until he got closer before realising it was a newborn baby.

A newspaper delivery man in California found a newborn baby girl in the middle of a roadway on Monday while he was delivering copies of the Fresno Bee just outside the city.

Sheriff's officials say a man walking around 4:30 a.m. was approached by a woman in a white SUV who asked him to take her baby.

According to the Fresno Bee, a Fresno Bee newspaper carrier was delivering papers in Madera - traveling at about 5 miles per hour - when he noticed the newborn baby in the middle of the dark road.

'I approached slowly next thing you know I see its red you can see the face I saw a face.

It was dark, but Aurelio Fuentes Jr. could see the grass edging the roadside was frozen. "There could've been coyotes, there's cars going by fast down that road", Mr Fuentes said.

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The newspaper carrier discovered the baby a short time later and brought her into a vehicle to keep her warm.

The sheriff's office reports she was taken to Valley Children's Hospital where she is being treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Authorities are now investigating the identity and whereabouts of the 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.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office said they are searching for the mother, who is accused of leaving the baby on the side of the road.

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

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