According to ABC News, a newspaper delivery person found the baby early Monday lying "on the centre line of a roadway". The infant was then hospitalized and is OK, the CHP said.
He initially thought it was an animal until he got closer before realising it was a newborn baby.
- A newborn baby is recovering in a NICU after being abandoned in the middle of a Central California road.
Aurelio Fuentes Jr. tells the Fresno Bee, "If there was another vehicle, that baby would have been badly hurt (or killed)".
"I approached slowly. Next thing you know I see it's red, you can see the face".
Sheriff's officials say a man walking around 4:30 a.m. Monday was approached by a woman in a white SUV who asked him to take her baby. "I gotta get out there, '" he said.
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Fuentes called authorities and the baby girl was rushed to a hospital.
The sheriff's office reports she was taken to Valley Children's Hospital where she is being treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
He immediately called 911 and waited with the baby until an ambulance arrived, fearful the little girl might be taken by the coyotes common to the area. Authorities are now investigating the identity and whereabouts of the mother.
Madera County Sheriff's Office, who attended the scene alongside the California Highway Patrol, are now looking to identify the child's mother. She is described as a Hispanic woman in her early 20s who left the scene in a small, white SUV. Ironically, there was a staffed fire station within a mile or two, and Valley Children's Hospital is very nearby. "She was cold but was found soon enough, likely in only a matter of minutes, and is expected to make a full recovery".
California Safe Surrendered Baby law lets parents turn their babies over to police within 72 hours of the child's birth with no questions asked.