Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Newspaper Carrier Finds ‘Hours-Old’ Infant in Middle of Central California Road

Newspaper Carrier Finds ‘Hours-Old’ Infant in Middle of Central California Road

It's unclear how long the newborn had been left out in the road. She too was "shocked", he told The Fresno Bee. The carrier immediately brought the baby to his vehicle to try and warm her up.

California Highway Patrol officers received a call about the baby at 3.58 a.m. after a newspaper carrier found her lying on the road at Avenue 13 1/3 west of Road 36.

The hours-old baby girl was dressed in a soiled onesie and left "on the centerline of a roadway".

He immediately called 911 and waited with the baby until an ambulance arrived, fearful the little girl might be taken by the coyotes common to the area.

According to the Fresno Bee, a Fresno Bee newspaper carrier was delivering papers in Madera - traveling at about 5 miles per hour - when he noticed the newborn baby in the middle of the dark road. 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.

Authorities are seeking the mother.

Witnesses describe the mother as a Latina who appeared to be in her early 20s.


A witness said he had encountered a woman with a baby just minutes before the infant was found who had begged him to take the child, United States outlet ABC News reported.

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

The newborn, who was only hours old, was rushed to Valley Children's Hospital and is now being treated at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Anyone with information on the case is being asked to contact the Madera County Sheriff's Office at 559-675-7770.

"He was approached by a female driving a white, smaller SUV", Undersheriff Pogue said.

Drop-off points include designated fire stations and hospitals.

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