Newborn with umbilical cord still attached found in middle of California roadway

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

Police are searching for the mother of a newborn girl who was found in the middle of a rural California road, with her umbilical cord still attached, in near freezing temperatures.

A suspect allegedly approached a man as he walked down the road at 4.30am that morning and asked him to take her child.

First responders - including a fire truck, ambulance and officers from the Madera Country Sheriff's Office - soon arrived and rushed the baby via ambulance to Valley Children's Hospital, where it was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit, according to a Facebook post by the Sheriff's Office. "I gotta get out there, '" he said.

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.

The child was taken to hospital and is said to be in good health.

The woman invited Fuentes and the baby into her heated auto, where the two chose to unzip its soiled flannel onesie.


Fuentes immediately called 911, and an emergency operator advised that he pick the baby up. "She was cold but was found soon enough, likely in only a matter of minutes, and is expected to make a full recovery".

Residents in the area told news crews they had seen and reported a suspicious white vehicle in the area with two young people inside, several hours before the infant was discovered.

Authorities are now looking for the newborn's mother.

'It's very fortunate that the child was discovered by the newspaper delivery person before she was seriously injured or even possibly killed, ' Madera County Undersheriff Tyson Pogue said.

Drop-off points include designated fire stations and hospitals.

Valley Crime Stoppers pays up to $3,000 for anonymous information leading to an arrest and conviction in a crime.

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