Newborn baby discovered lying on road in near-freezing temperatures

The infant was then hospitalized and is OK, the CHP said.

Initially, he thought it was some kind of animal before realising it was a baby girl.

A newspaper carrier came across an abandoned newborn Monday morning in the middle of a Madera road.

It was dark, but Aurelio Fuentes Jr. could see the grass edging the roadside was frozen. "The newborn was discovered dressed only in a soiled onesie in weather just below 30 degrees". "OK, you know, this is a baby".

Central Division said a newspaper carrier found the newborn around 4 Madera County.

"She got out of her vehicle and asked the man if he could help her", said Pogue.

First responders - including a fire truck, ambulance and officers from the Madera Country Sheriff's Office - soon arrived and rushed the baby via ambulance to Valley Children's Hospital, where it was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit, according to a Facebook post by the Sheriff's Office.

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.

Hospital workers believe the baby is less than 10 hours old.

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

Now authorities are on the hunt for the baby's mother. Ironically, there was a staffed fire station within a mile or two, and Valley Children's Hospital is very nearby.

According to Madera County Undersheriff Tyson Pogue, a man was walking or jogging eastbound on Avenue 13 1/2 when he was approached by a Hispanic female in her early 20s driving a white, smaller SUV. Although the baby is in good condition, she was admitted to the NICU. "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".

  • Joey Payne