Newborn baby discovered lying on road in near-freezing temperatures

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

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

KFSN-TV reports the hours-old baby was wearing only a onesie when the newspaper carrier, Aurelio Fuentes, found her a short time later on the center line of the road in Madera County in Central California.

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.

Fuentes, 21, initially thought the newborn was an animal, or perhaps a toy.

"You can see the umbilical cord attach to it, so this baby was barely born and I can't tell for how long but it had feces leaking from it's onesie", Fuentes told KGPE.

'It could've been worse because out its pitch black its pitch black there could've been coyotes there's cars going by fast down that road, ' Fuentes Jr. added.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office said they are searching for the mother, who is accused of leaving the baby on the side of the road.

Authorities arrived and took the baby to a local hospital. She asked him for help and to take her baby, CBS Sacramento reported.

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, U.S. outlet ABC News reported.

A Good Samaritan who was driving by let the newborn into her warm auto, according to the Fresno Bee report.

Investigators are looking for a Hispanic female, likely in her early 20s, who left the scene in a small white SUV.

The child will be placed in the care of child protective services when she is fully recovered.

'The man directed her to the fire station and the Valley Children's Hospital down the street and suggested she take the baby there'.

The state of California has a law that allows parents to safely surrender their baby.

'The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations'.

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