A police are searching for the mother of a newborn child who was found covered with just a blanket in near-freezing temperatures in the middle of a road in California.
Early on Monday morning a newborn baby girl was found with her umbilical cord still attached. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office in central California confirmed that a newspaper delivery person had discovered the infant in frigid temperatures “on the center line of a roadway”.
With the temperature at just 1C, Fuentes took the baby into his vehicle to keep her warm wrapped the newborn baby up and and called emergency services.
He said the baby was lucky to survive as the temperature was cold and there were wild animals about. The baby girl was taken to a nearby hospital and is said to be in good condition.
Madera County Police Department have yet to find the mother, they have some clues as to how they might find her. Undersheriff Tyson Pogue, said at a press conference on Monday night: “It’s very fortunate that the child was discovered by the newspaper delivery person before she was seriously injured or even possibly killed.”
According to Pogue, the child was wrapped in a blanket and dressed in a one-piece pyjama set. Fortunately she was in a good condition when she was transported to the local hospital – police estimate she was left on the road for a matter of minutes.
A witness at the scene claimed to have seen a woman with a baby close to where the infant was found mere minutes before the paper carrier made the discovery. Furthermore, it’s said the woman approached the witness and begged him to take her child.
“He was approached by a female driving a white, smaller SUV. This female got out of her car, asked the man if he could help her and asked him to take her child,” Pogue said. “The man directed her to the fire station and the Valley Children’s Hospital down the street and suggested she take the baby there.”
The woman could face felony charges of child endangerment and possible attempted murder if found. Meanwhile, the newborn is expected to make a full recovery.
Pogue continued: “Luckily, she was discovered early enough that she’ll make a full recovery. We’d like to remind everyone that there are many safe surrender sites that will allow someone to surrender a newborn child without any questions asked.”
The child will be placed in the care of child protective services when she is fully recovered.
Anyone with any information about a potential suspect is advised to contact the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.
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