A police hunt is underway for a woman who reportedly left a newborn baby lying on a road in California.
According to ABC News, a newborn baby girl was found early on Monday morning with her umbilical cord still attached. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office in central California confirmed that a newspaper delivery person had discovered the infant in frigid temperatures “on the center line of a roadway”.
The newspaper carrier took the baby into his vehicle to keep her warm, before calling 911 to alert the authorities …
Tyson Pogue, Undersheriff for Madera County, said at a press conference on Monday night: “It’s very fortunate that the child was discovered by the newspaper delivery person before she was seriously injured or even possibly killed.”
According to Pogue, the child was wrapped in a blanket and dressed in a one-piece pyjama set.
Fortunately she was in a good condition when she was transported to the local hospital – police estimate she was left on the road for a matter of minutes.
A witness at the scene claimed to have seen a woman with a baby close to where the infant was found mere minutes before the paper carrier made the discovery.
Furthermore, it’s said the woman approached the witness and begged him to take her child.
“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.”
If found, the woman could face felony charges of child endangerment and possible attempted murder. The baby, meanwhile, is expected to make a full recovery.
Pogue continued: “Luckily, she was discovered early enough that she’ll make a full recovery. 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 any information about a potential suspect is advised to contact the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.
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