Newborn baby with umbilical cord still attached found lying in freezing road

A snowy road

A snowy road

"This female got out of her vehicle, asked the man if he could help her and asked him to take her child", the police spokesperson said.

Aurelio Fuentes Jr. told the paper that he didn't know what he was seeing at first.

"He was approached by a female driving a white, smaller SUV". "It was just an terrible situation", Fuentes said. He saw that it was a baby dressed in a onesie without a diaper and lying on its back. "The baby was squirming".

Sheriff's officials say a man walking around 4:30 a.m. was approached by a woman in a white SUV who asked him to take her baby. He referred her to a nearby fire station and hospital and left the area. She was "as shocked as I was" to realize what was going on, he said. The pair unzipped the baby's flannel onsesie, and discovered the umbilical cord. This enables parents and carers to give up a baby within 72 hours of birth "with no questions asked", according to the state's website.

"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. Authorities are now looking for the newborn's mother.

In its Facebook post, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said the mother is believed to be "a Hispanic female adult, possibly in her early 20s", according to witnesses, who were not able to provide a precise physical description. He called 911 and, together with another passerby, tried to keep the infant warm until help arrived.

Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff's Office at 559-675-7770.

Authorities are trying to identify the person who abandoned the infant.

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.

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