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Newborn baby found by newspaper carrier in middle of county road

MADERA, Calif. (KTVX/KSEE) - A newborn baby girl is recovering after she was found abandoned in the middle of a Madera County Road Monday morning.  

According to Madera County Sheriff's Office, dispatchers received a call around 4:30 a.m when a newspaper delivery man reported he had found an abandoned infant in the roadway of Avenue 13 1/2 in Madera County. 

Aurelio Fuentes, from Madera, said he was out delivering newspapers when he noticed something lying on the road. Thinking it was an animal, he slowed down. As he approached, he heard the cries for help. 

"You can tell they placed the baby there; they didn't toss it. They just placed it there," Fuentes said. "I got a little more closer. I heard the baby crying and screaming."

Fuentes said he could see the umbilical cord was still attached and the baby was only wearing a onesie.

Another person pulled over to help him with the infant as they waited for the California Highway Patrol and medical personnel to arrive. 

Just minutes before the incident, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said a Hispanic female, possibly in her early 20s approached a wan walking his dog in the area and asked him for help and to take her baby. 

The man told the woman there was a nearby fire station and a hospital nearby to take the infant. 

"It's very difficult to deal with this type of situation but we do want people who are in this mother's situation to know there are other options," said the Madera County Undersheriff Tyson Pogue. "Leaving a baby in the middle of the roadway was definitely not the best option. She should have taken it to a safe surrender site," 

The infant is being treated at Valley Children's Hospital and is listed in good condition. 

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