California Highway Patrol officers received a call about the baby at 3.58 a.m. after a newspaper carrier found her lying on the road at Avenue 13 1/3 west of Road 36. "She asked him to take her child, but he did not want to accept the baby and left the area".
He said he thought it was a small animal and approached it slowly. It was lying on its back, covered in its own feces, which had leaked through its onesie, he said. She was "as shocked as I was" to realize what was going on, he said.
The unidentified man told the mother to take her child to the fire station or a nearby children's hospital - but the women just drove away.
The hours-old baby girl was dressed in a soiled onesie and left on the centreline of the roadway, according to Aurelio Fuentes Jr. That's when they discovered the umbilical cord still attached.
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. Authorities are now looking for the newborn's mother.
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The newspaper carrier found the child a short time later, and he wrapped the baby in a blanket before calling 911.
In its Facebook post, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said the mother is believed to be "a Hispanic female adult, possibly in her early 20s", according to witnesses, who were not able to provide a precise physical description. 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'.
Police ask anyone with information to contact Madera County Sheriff's Office at (559) 675-7770.
Authorities are trying to identify the person who abandoned the infant.