Newspaper carrier finds newborn baby in middle of Central California road

The baby was taken to the nearest hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Source Facebook  California Highway PatrolMore

The baby was taken to the nearest hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Source Facebook California Highway PatrolMore

An investigation has been launched to find out who abandoned the newborn baby. The man instead directed her to a safe surrender site - a fire station - or nearby Valley Children's Hospital down the road, and suggested she take the baby there.

Fuentes described the "awful, chilling, moment" he was approaching a customer's house in his vehicle and saw something white moving in the road, which he initially thought was an animal.

- A newborn baby is recovering in a NICU after being abandoned in the middle of a Central California road.

He said the umbilical cord was still attached to the infant. In an "awful, chilling, moment" came the realization: Fuentes was looking at a newborn baby girl wearing only a onesie with temperatures at "30 degrees, maybe even less".

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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.

"I approached slowly. Next thing you know I see it's red, you can see the face".

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

Authorities arrived and took the baby to a local hospital.

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She was being treated as of Monday afternoon at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, CBS Sacramento reported, and was said to be in good condition. "She was cold but was found soon enough, likely in only a matter of minutes, and is expected to make a full recovery".

Now authorities are on the hunt for the baby's mother. Witnesses say she is possibly a young Hispanic woman in her early 20s.

"He was approached by a female driving a white, smaller SUV", Undersheriff Pogue said.

Pogue said the situation was inexplicable and also noted that any newborn infants can be safely surrendered at any designated "safe surrender site" - a fire station or hospital - without any questions asked or the mother facing any charges.

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