Newborn baby found lying on road with umbilical cord still attached

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. "She asked him to take her child, but he did not want to accept the baby and left the area".

Pogue said: 'He was approached by a female driving a white, smaller SUV. He saw that it was a baby dressed in a onesie without a diaper and lying on its back.

The woman invited Fuentes and the baby into her heated auto, where the two chose to unzip its soiled flannel onesie. She was "as shocked as I was" to realize what was going on, he said. That's when they discovered the umbilical cord still attached.

The female infant was reported to be in good condition Tuesday and was being treated by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Valley Children's Hospital.

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The naked baby can be heard screaming as she is brought out into the sunlight and gently placed into a towel held by a paramedic. Others have also been saying that the mother of the baby should not be judged because no one knows her circumstances .

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 baby was cold, but luckily she was discovered early enough that she'll make a full recovery", Undersheriff Tyson Pogue of the Madera County Sheriff's Office tells KABC.

Now authorities are on the hunt for the baby's mother. Witnesses say she is possibly a young Hispanic woman in her early 20s. He picked up the baby and called 911, staying on scene until CHP arrived. Yahoo Lifestyle has reached out to the Madera County Sheriff's office for information on the baby and mother and will update this post when it responds.

California Safe Surrendered Baby law lets parents turn their babies over to police within 72 hours of the child's birth with no questions asked. The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations.

An investigation has been launched to find out who abandoned the newborn baby.

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