Newborn with umbilical cord still attached found in middle of road

Sergio Conner
February 12, 2019

The carrier, Aurelio Fuentes, told the Fresno Bee her umbilical cord was still attached.

Law enforcement is asking for the public's help in locating the birth mother who left the baby in the middle of the road about halfway between Roads 35 and 36.

Aurelio Fuentes Jr., from Madera County in California, was several hours into his shift when the 21-year-old saw "a bright white thing laying on the road", USA news outlet ABC30 reported.

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

Authorities rescued a newborn girl early on Monday after she was found lying on the road in California's Madera County.

'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.

When California Highway Patrol Officer Alfred Madina arrived on the scene, he wrapped the baby in a blanket. He refused and suggested she take the newborn to a hospital.

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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".

A witness said he had encountered a woman with a baby just minutes before the infant was found who had begged him to take the child, U.S. outlet ABC News reported.

Minutes before Fuentes called for help, a woman approached a man walking his dog in the area, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said. "If there was another vehicle, that baby would have been badly hurt" or killed, he said.

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

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

Drop-off points include designated fire stations and hospitals.

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