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