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Newborn found abandoned with a note from mother in Tucson Airport

Newborn found abandoned with a note from mother in Tucson Airport

A woman at the Tucson International Airport may have given birth there before leaving the newborn baby in a bathroom with a handwritten note, according to authorities.

The newborn was found inside the bathroom with a torn umbilical cord and a note.

A woman believed to have left her newborn baby in an Arizona airport bathroom didn't realize she was pregnant, according to a heartbreaking note she left with the infant.

A handwritten note was found beside the newborn, which read: "Please help me". This new video was released this week as authorities step up their efforts to find the mother. "Please get me to the authorities so they can find a good home", it said, in part.

Surveillance video released by the Tuscon Airport Authority shows a woman arrive at the airport carrying what appears to be a baby wrapped in a blanket.

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The baby was brought to Banner University Medical Center, where he was found to be in good health but placed in the infant ICU as a precaution due to the circumstances, officials said.

The baby appeared healthy otherwise and was transported to a nearby hospital, airport spokeswoman Jessie Butler said in summary provided to The Washington Post.

Over the last 20 years USA states have introduced safe-haven laws allowing newborn babies to be left at designated areas such as hospitals and firehouses, to prevent the precarious practice of dumping unwanted infants on doorsteps or under bushes.

"We would like to know who she is but we've exhausted our resources", Butler told the paper. Airports are not listed as safe haven locations. Criminal charges have yet to be determined, the Arizona Daily Star reported, and the woman remains unidentified.


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