Newborn Found in Middle of Road

The California Safely Surrendered Baby Law was passed in 2001 to prevent the death of newborns abandoned by their parents.

Fuentes, 21, initially thought the newborn was an animal, or perhaps a toy.

In the middle of the road sat a squirming bundle; the 21-year-old could hear the screams over his auto radio, turned low as he delivered newspapers in Madera Ranchos, Calif., early Monday, per the Fresno Bee.

Sheriff's officials say a man walking around 4:30 a.m. Monday was approached by a woman in a white SUV who asked him to take her baby.

"I approached slowly. Next thing you know I see it's red, you can see the face".

The carrier, Aurelio Fuentes, told the Fresno Bee her umbilical cord was still attached. But "as soon as I got out of the auto, I realized it was a real baby", he said.

"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. The good Samaritan immediately took the newborn inside his vehicle and called 911. Ironically, there was a staffed fire station within a mile or two, and Valley Children's Hospital is very nearby. Authorities are now investigating the identity and whereabouts of the mother.

The baby was taken to the nearest hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

She is described by witnesses as a Hispanic female adult, possibly in her early 20's. She was seen leaving the scene in a small, white SUV.

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

Pogue said the situation was inexplicable and also noted that any newborn infants can be safely surrendered at any designated "safe surrender site" - a fire station or hospital - without any questions asked or the mother facing any charges.

  • Rogelio Becker