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Newborn with umbilical cord still attached found in middle of road

The California Highway Patrol's Alfred Medina holds the infant girl who was found in the town of Madera Ranchos

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.

He said the umbilical cord was still attached to the infant.

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

"You can see the umbilical cord attach to it, so this baby was barely born and I can't tell for how long but it had feces leaking from it's onesie", Fuentes told KGPE.

The baby was cold but otherwise believed to be in good condition.

Fuentes called authorities who told him to pick up the baby, which he did and discovered that it was only wearing a onesie without a diaper.

The sheriff's office reports she was taken to Valley Children's Hospital where she is being treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Now authorities are on the hunt for the baby's mother.

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.

Madera County Sheriff's Office, who attended the scene alongside the California Highway Patrol, are now looking to identify the child's mother.

A CHP officer responded to the scene and wrapped the baby in a blanket to keep her warm.

Witnesses describe the mother as a Latina who appeared to be in her early 20s. It allows caregivers to surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth to a safe place - a hospital or fire station - anonymously and with no questions asked. Ironically, there was a staffed fire station within a mile or two, and Valley Children's Hospital is very nearby.

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