Newborn baby found in middle of road with umbilical cord still attached

Frederick Owens
February 13, 2019

Shortly after, another driver pulled up to asked Fuentes Jr. if he was OK.

A CHP officer responded to the scene and wrapped the baby in a blanket to keep her warm.

He told The Fresno Bee he was glad he was driving at around 5mph at the time.

The baby was cold but otherwise believed to be in good condition.

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

The woman asked the man if he could take her child, deputies said. The pair put the infant in the woman's auto where the heating was on, and discovered the uncut umbilical cord.

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The newborn, who was only hours old, was rushed to Valley Children's Hospital and is now being treated at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Undersheriff Tyson Pogue told The Fresno Bee a woman driving down the road left her vehicle, stopped a passing man and asked if he could take her child. "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 woman was described as a "Hispanic female adult, possibly in her 20s". He refused and suggested she take the newborn to a hospital. Under the law, parents or people with lawful custody of a child can surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth at designated sites, which are typically hospitals or fire stations.

If you have any information on this incident, please call the Madera County Sheriff's Office at 559-675-7770. The baby - a girl - is thought to have been about 10 hours old, according to the San Francisco Gate. Ironically, there was a staffed fire station within a mile or two, and Valley Children's Hospital is very nearby.

Authorities are trying to identify the person who abandoned the infant.

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