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Newborn with umbilical cord still attached found in middle of road

Newborn with umbilical cord still attached found in middle of road

Authorities are trying to identify the person who left the baby in the roadway.

The California Highway Patrol's Alfred Medina holds the infant girl who was found in the town of Madera Ranchos.

He said he thought it was a small animal and approached it slowly.

In the middle of the road sat a squirming bundle; the 21-year-old could hear the screams over his vehicle radio, turned low as he delivered newspapers in Madera Ranchos, Calif., early Monday, per the Fresno Bee.

Aurelio Fuentes Jr. told the paper that he didn't know what he was seeing at first.

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.

The baby was wearing a wet and soiled one-piece jumpsuit, according to witnesses, but appeared to be healthy and had apparently not been out in the near-freezing temperatures for too long.

Anyone with information on the case is being asked to contact the Madera County Sheriff's Office at 559-675-7770.

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

The young baby was rushed to hospital, where she remains in intensive care.

Now authorities are on the hunt for the baby's mother.

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.

The woman was described as a "Hispanic female adult, possibly in her 20s".

Pogue had instructed the woman to go to a fire station or to nearby Valley Children's Hospital to surrender the child safely, but that did not happen.

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