Newborn found abandoned in middle of road amid freezing temperatures in California

CHP Officer Alfred Medina holding the baby girl after she was found

An investigation has been launched to find out who abandoned the newborn baby.

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

Fuentes, 21, initially thought the newborn was an animal, or perhaps a toy.

Police are searching for the mother of a newborn who was abandoned in the middle of a road in California with her umbilical cord still attached. In an "awful, chilling, moment" came the realization: Fuentes was looking at a newborn baby girl wearing only a onesie with temperatures at "30 degrees, maybe even less".

A newspaper carrier discovered the infant lying in the middle of a Madera County road just after 4 a.m., according to a news release from the CHP's Central Division Office.

Aurelio Fuentes Jr. told the paper that he didn't know what he was seeing at first. "There could've been coyotes, there's cars going by fast down that road", Mr Fuentes said.

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Fuentes brought the girl into his vehicle, where he called 911.

Authorities eventually arrived and took the baby in for treatment.

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. Although the baby is in good condition, she was admitted to the NICU. Witnesses say she is possibly a young Hispanic woman in her early 20s. The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations.

"He was approached by a female driving a white, smaller SUV", Undersheriff Pogue said. 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.

Minutes before Fuentes called for help, a woman approached a man walking his dog in the area, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said.

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