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Newborn With Umbilical Cord Still Attached Found In Middle of Rural California Road

Police in California are searching for a woman who allegedly abandoned a newborn baby in the middle of a rural road.

Newborn With Umbilical Cord Still Attached Found In Middle of Rural California Road

The baby, whose umbilical cord was still attached, was discovered just after 4:30am by a newspaper carrier lying “on the center line of a roadway”.

After calling 911 the carrier kept the baby warm in his vehicle until help arrived. The newborn, he said, had feces leaking through her onesie.

Newborn With Umbilical Cord Still Attached Found In Middle of Rural California Road

“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 at a press conference Monday night.

The baby was found wrapped in a blanket and wearing a one-piece flannel pajama set. Staff at Valley Children’s hospital said she was in good condition and is only thought to have been on the road for a few minutes.

Just before the baby was found a witness said he was approached by a woman with the baby in her arms begging him to take her.

“He was approached by a female driving a white, smaller SUV. This female got out of her car, asked the man if he could help her and asked him to take her child,” Pogue said. “The man directed her to the fire station and the Valley Children’s Hospital down the street and suggested she take the baby there.”

Newborn With Umbilical Cord Still Attached Found In Middle of Rural California Road

The woman is described as a Hispanic woman in her early 20s. She could face felony charges of child endangerment and possibly attempted murder.

“Luckily, she a early enough that a make a full recovery,” Pogue. “We’d like to remind everyone that there are many safe surrender sites that will allow someone to surrender a newborn child without any questions asked.”

Anyone with information about a potential suspect should contact the Madera County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

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