Hours-old baby girl abandoned with her umbilical cord still attached

Leroy Wright
February 13, 2019

A man delivering newspapers on Route 36 in Madera Ranchos, Calif., around 4:30 a.m. Monday made a chilling discovery: a newborn baby abandoned in the middle of the road.

It was dark, but Aurelio Fuentes Jr. could see the grass edging the roadside was frozen.

Fuentes called authorities who told him to pick up the baby, which he did and discovered that it was only wearing a onesie without a diaper. "And I was like".

'As soon as I got out of the auto, I realized it was a baby...you could tell it had been there for a while because feces was leaking through the onesie, ' he said. But "as soon as I got out of the vehicle, I realized it was a real baby", he said.

The female infant was reported to be in good condition Tuesday and was being treated by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Valley Children's Hospital. She was just hours old, according to the Madera County Sheriff's Office.

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

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A suspect allegedly approached a man as he walked down the highway and asked him to take her child.

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. He told deputies she took off after that.

Just hours after being born, a newborn was left abandoned in near-freezing temperatures along a country road.

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

According to Madera County Undersheriff Tyson Pogue, a man was walking or jogging eastbound on Avenue 13 1/2 when he was approached by a Hispanic female in her early 20s driving a white, smaller SUV.

She was said to have been driving a white SUV but details of her physical description are "unknown".

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