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Abandoned baby in good condition; sheriff’s office seeking small SUV

Abandoned baby in good condition; sheriff’s office seeking small SUV

One eyewitness reportedly saw the mother and told police she appeared so desperate to get rid of her baby girl that she was driving around Madera Ranchos, California early Monday morning asking people to take the newborn.

The child was taken to hospital and is said to be in good health.

He said he thought it was a small animal and approached it slowly.

As he got closer, he was horrified to realize it was a baby lying on its back, crying.

Aurelio Fuentes Jr. told the paper that he didn't know what he was seeing at first.

Sheriff's officials say a man walking around 4:30 a.m. Monday was approached by a woman in a white SUV who asked him to take her baby.

With the temperature at just 1C, Fuentes quickly wrapped the newborn baby up and took her to his vehicle to keep warm and called emergency services.

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The Madera County Sheriff's Office said they are searching for the mother, who is accused of leaving the baby on the side of the road.

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.

Authorities are seeking the mother.

She is described by witnesses as a Hispanic female adult, possibly in her early 20's. She asked him if everything was ok - and Fuentes responded that he just found a baby. The man instead directed her to a safe surrender site - a fire station - or nearby Valley Children's Hospital down the road, and suggested she take the baby there.

If you have any information on this incident, please call the Madera County Sheriff's Office at 559-675-7770.

'The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations'.

The California Safely Surrendered Baby Law was passed in 2001 to prevent the death of newborns abandoned by their parents.