Newborn with umbilical cord still attached found in middle of California roadway

An investigation has been launched to find out who abandoned the newborn baby. "This female got out of her vehicle, asked the man if he could help her and asked him to take her child", the police spokesperson said.

Initially, he thought it was some kind of animal before realising it was a baby girl.

A newborn girl found lying in a Central Valley road Monday is safe, according to Madera County officials. She was dressed in a soiled onesie during weather that was just below 30 degrees.

"I approached slowly. Next thing you know I see it's red, you can see the face".

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

Newspaper carrier Aurelio Fuentes discovered the infant lying in the middle of a Madera County road just after 4 a.m.

Officials said the newspaper carrier took the baby inside his auto and called 911.

Anyone with information on the case is being asked to contact the Madera County Sheriff's Office at 559-675-7770. "There could've been coyotes, there's cars going by fast down that road", Mr Fuentes said.

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

Hospital workers believe the baby is less than 10 hours old.

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

The child is hospitalized in good condition and is expected to fully recover.

She is described by witnesses as a Hispanic female adult, possibly in her early 20's. She was last seen fleeing the scene in the small SUV of unknown make or model, authorities said.

In California, parents or persons with lawful custody can safely surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, no questions asked, under the Safely Surrendered Baby Law. He refused and suggested she take the newborn to a fire station or hospital.

Vanessa Coleman