A Northern California newspaper carrier was driving down a dark country road early Monday morning when he thought he had come across a whimpering animal.

He slowly approached what he thought was a small animal, and instead found a baby.

Aurelio Fuentes Jr. was delivering papers for The Fresno Bee when he heard the noise coming from the road.

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He said his radio was turned down and he could hear the infant. Fuentes, 21, explained:

“The baby was squirming. You could hear it screaming, too, through the car … as soon as I got out of the car, I realized it was a real baby.”

The child was dressed in a onesie and wrapped in a blanket. Fuentes said the baby was lying on its back crying while covered in its own feces because it wasn’t wearing a diaper. The temperature was around 30 degrees Fahrenheit that day.

Watch the newspaper carrier describe finding an infant while he delivered newspapers Monday morning:

According to the SF Gate, the child was less than 10 hours old. Fuentes unzipped the baby’s soiled onesie and noticed the umbilical cord was still attached. He said he was fortunate to discover the child before she was seriously injured. He recalled:

“If there was another vehicle, that baby would have been badly hurt … It’s dark. There’s no street lights out here. What if a coyote had found the infant first?”

Shortly after, a woman in another car driving by told him to warm the baby girl inside her car while they waited for police officers to arrive.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is still trying to locate the woman who left the newborn.

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According to a news release on Facebook:

She is described by witnesses as a Hispanic female adult, possibly in her early 20’s. Her physical description is unknown. She left the scene in a small white SUV of unknown make or model.

Undersheriff Tyson Pogue told The Fresco Bee that a young woman who fits the description approached him early Monday and “asked if he could take her child.”

Pogue reminded the female about the state’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law. As previously reported by Dearly, a parent can safely surrender a baby no more than 3-days-old without facing criminal charges.

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Officers are now asking anyone with information about the mother to contact them at 559-675-7770.

Watch the video below:

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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8 Replies to “Newspaper Carrier Thought He Was Hearing Baby Animal Whimpering in Dark Street. It Was Actually a Newborn Baby”

  • Masterredfox 2 years ago

    Remember this is California, a sanctuary state, —glad the child was rescued before anything happened to it. To have left the baby in the roadway, shows little regard for the baby’s life.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    It’s the Fresno Bee, not Fresco and I’m confused about the undersheriff “reminding her” about the safely surrendered baby law. Why didn’t he take the baby? Now they’re asking for help finding her? What’s his story?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Why didn’t the undersheriff take the baby when she approached him , that makes no sense to me.

  • Pat Copenhaver 2 years ago

    As a native Californian, I too would like to know why the undersheriff didn’t take the baby from the woman.

  • jelly bean 2 years ago

    If there was witnesses to see this hoe leave in a suv why didn’t they go get the baby and get help thanks to paperboy thou. When they find this bitch I hope she goes to prison for what she’s done to that baby girl she needs to be charged for attempted murder

    • Kathy 2 years ago

      In answer to “Jelly Bean”…. Hoe?Bitch? What the mother of this baby did was despicable but your language of this female is just as despicable! Shame on the mother and shame on you!

      • Reader. 2 years ago

        Really just shame on the mother. She’s in a state where she can safely surrender the baby, but chose to leave it on a dark road. Sounds like a real bitch to me.

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