Newborn baby found abandoned on road with umbilical cord still attached

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

According to ABC News, a newspaper delivery person found the baby early Monday lying "on the centre line of a roadway".

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

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

In the middle of the road sat a squirming bundle; the 21-year-old could hear the screams over his auto radio, turned low as he delivered newspapers in Madera Ranchos, Calif., early Monday, per the Fresno Bee.

Aurelio Fuentes Jr., a newspaper carrier for The Fresno Bee, told the publication that he was glad he was driving slowly and had the radio volume down, as he was able to hear the infant before he spotted it and got out of his vehicle to investigate.

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. She was dressed in a soiled onesie during weather that was just below 30 degrees. "There could've been coyotes, there's cars going by fast down that road", Mr Fuentes said.

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"The man directed her to the fire station and the Valley Children's Hospital down the street and suggested she take the baby there".

Authorities are now looking for the newborn's mother. Her physical description is not known, but she left the scene in a small white SUV, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities arrived and took the baby to a local hospital. The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations.

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

California Safe Surrendered Baby law lets parents turn their babies over to police within 72 hours of the child's birth with no questions asked.

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