Newborn baby found on California road in frigid temperatures

A snowy road

Authorities are trying to identify the person who left the baby in the roadway.

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, USA outlet ABC News reported.

He initially thought it was an animal until he got closer before realising it was a newborn baby.

- A newborn girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found by a newspaper carrier in the middle of a rural road before dawn in near-freezing temperatures.

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 it's red, you can see the face".

A newspaper delivery man on his morning round got the shock of his life when he found a newborn baby lying in the middle of the road. "There could've been coyotes, there's cars going by fast down that road", Mr Fuentes said.

It is believed the newspaper carrier arrived a few minutes later to discover the dumped baby on the road.

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.

Pogue had instructed the woman to go to a fire station or to nearby Valley Children's Hospital to surrender the child safely, but that did not happen.

Now authorities are on the hunt for the baby's mother.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation now and working to track down the newborn's mother.

Investigators are looking for a Hispanic female, likely in her early 20s, who left the scene in a small white SUV. Under the law, parents or people with lawful custody of a child can surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth at designated sites, which are typically hospitals or fire stations.

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