Newspaper Carrier Finds ‘Hours-Old’ Infant in Middle of Central California Road

Newspaper Carrier Finds Newborn Abandoned in Frigid Temperatures on Central Valley Road; Mother Sought


A witness said he had encountered a woman with a baby just minutes before the infant was found who had begged him to take the child, United States outlet ABC News reported.

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

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

Fuentes told the Fresno Bee her umbilical cord was still attached.

The woman invited Fuentes and the baby into her heated vehicle, where the two made a decision to unzip its soiled flannel onesie.

'I approached slowly next thing you know I see its red you can see the face I saw a face.

A newspaper carrier found a newborn baby in the middle of a road early Monday morning, according to authorities.

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.

Authorities are now looking for the newborn's mother.

Minutes before Fuentes called for help, a woman approached a man walking his dog in the area, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said.

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

The newspaper carrier found the child a short time later, and he wrapped the baby in a blanket before calling 911. She left the scene in a small white SUV of unknown make or model.

'Parents or persons with lawful custody can safely surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked, at designated safe drop-off sites. The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations.

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