Newborn baby found abandoned on road with umbilical cord still attached

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A California Highway Patrol officer holds a newborn baby who was found on a road.

The woman asked the man if he could take her child, deputies said.

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

A newborn baby was found in the middle of a Californian road with her umbilical cord still attached. Fuentes reportedly brought the baby inside and unzipped the onesie to warm her, and noticed the umbilical cord. "OK, you know, this is a baby".

Aurelio Fuentes Jr. tells the Fresno Bee, "If there was another vehicle, that baby would have been badly hurt (or killed)".

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.

'She was as shocked as I was, ' he said.

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"The man directed her to the fire station and the Valley Children's Hospital down the street and suggested she take the baby there".

It is believed the newspaper carrier arrived a few minutes later to discover the dumped baby on the road.

Authorities are seeking the mother.

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

"He was approached by a female driving a white, smaller SUV", Undersheriff Pogue said. He refused, and pointed her toward a nearby hospital and fire station. "This female got out of her auto, asked the man if he could help her and asked him to take her child", Madera County Undersheriff Tyson Pogue told reporters Monday.

The child is hospitalized in good condition and is expected to fully recover.

California's Safely Surrendered Baby Law allows parents or persons with lawful custody to safely surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked, at designated safe drop-off sites.

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