Aurelio Fuentes Jr., a newspaper carrier for The Fresno Bee, told the publication that he was glad he was driving slowly and had the radio volume down, as he was able to hear the infant before he spotted it and got out of his vehicle to investigate. But when he approached the object, he realized it was a newborn baby dressed in a onesie without a diaper, he toldThe Fresno Bee. While Fuentes waited for first responders, a woman driving by asked if he needed help.
A CHP officer responded to the scene and wrapped the baby in a blanket to keep her warm.
The baby was wearing a wet and soiled one-piece jumpsuit, according to witnesses, but appeared to be healthy and had apparently not been out in the near-freezing temperatures for too long. The pair unzipped the baby's flannel onsesie, and discovered the umbilical cord. The infant was then hospitalized and is OK, the CHP said.
"The baby was cold, but luckily she was discovered early enough that she'll make a full recovery", Madera County Sheriff Office undersheriff Tyson Pogue said.
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.
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'The man directed her to the fire station and the Valley Children's Hospital down the street and suggested she take the baby there'.
The woman was described as a "Hispanic female adult, possibly in her 20s".
Following a rise in newborn infants being abandoned in inappropriate locations, California introduced a Safe Surrendered Baby program in 2001, which was brought into law in 2006.
Hospital workers believe the baby is less than 10 hours old. Ironically, there was a staffed fire station within a mile or two, and Valley Children's Hospital is very nearby. Between January 2001 and December 31 2017, some 931 newborns were been surrendered.
Authorities are trying to identify the person who abandoned the infant.