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.
'She asked (a man walking by) if she could taker her child, ' police spokesman Tyson Pogue said.
He initially thought it was an animal until he got closer before realising it was a newborn baby. He saw that it was a baby dressed in a onesie without a diaper and lying on its back.
Fuentes told the Fresno Bee her umbilical cord was still attached. In an "awful, chilling, moment" came the realization: Fuentes was looking at a newborn baby girl wearing only a onesie with temperatures at "30 degrees, maybe even less". Although the baby is in good condition, she was admitted to the NICU. The pair unzipped the baby's flannel onsesie, and discovered the umbilical cord.
"The baby appeared to have been born during the night and is now being treated by the Valley Children's neonatal intensive care unit", said Pogue.
Now authorities are on the hunt for the baby's mother.
Fuentes brought the baby into his vehicle and called 911. "This female got out of her auto, asked the man if he could help her and asked him to take her child", Madera County Undersheriff Tyson Pogue told reporters Monday. He refused and suggested she take the newborn to a fire station or hospital. She is described as a Hispanic woman in her early 20s who left the scene in a small, white SUV.
In California, parents or persons with lawful custody can safely surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, no questions asked, under the Safely Surrendered Baby Law.
Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff's Office at 559-675-7770. The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations.
Authorities are trying to identify the person who left the baby in the roadway.