Police are searching for a woman who allegedly left a newborn baby lying in the middle of a rural California road in frigid temperatures.
The Madera County Sheriff’s Office in central California said a newspaper delivery person found the newborn baby girl early Monday morning, lying “on the center line of a roadway” with her umbilical cord still attached.
The newspaper carrier said he took the baby into his vehicle to keep the child warm and dialed 911 immediately.
“It’s very fortunate that the child was discovered by the newspaper delivery person before she was seriously injured or even possibly killed,” Madera County Undersheriff Tyson Pogue said at a press conference Monday night.
The baby was wrapped in a blanket and wearing a one-piece flannel pajama set, Pogue said. She was transported to a local hospital and was said to be in good condition.
Authorities estimated the baby was on the road for a matter of minutes.
A witness said he encountered a woman with a baby near the scene, just minutes before the infant was found.
He said the woman approached him with the infant in her arms and begged him to take the child. READ MORE: