The California Safely Surrendered Baby Law was passed in 2001 to prevent the death of newborns abandoned by their parents. An ambulance was called and took the baby to Valley Children's Hospital.
He initially thought it was an animal until he got closer before realising it was a newborn baby.
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. "The newborn was discovered dressed only in a soiled onesie in weather just below 30 degrees".
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.
"I approached slowly. Next thing you know I see it's red, you can see the face".
"She got out of her auto and asked the man if he could help her", said Pogue.
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I had my radio low, thank god.' He told the Fresno Bee.
According to the Madera County Sheriff's Office, the baby girl, who was just hours old, was rushed to Valley View Hospital. After leaving the infant, she allegedly fled the scene in a white SUV - which is also the type of vehicle driven by a young woman who approached Undersheriff Tyson Pogue early Monday morning and asked him to take her baby.
Authorities eventually arrived and took the baby in for treatment. He refused, and pointed her toward a nearby hospital and fire station.
The woman was described by Madera County Sheriff's Office 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.
The child will be placed in the care of child protective services when she is fully recovered. "We'd like to remind everyone that there are many safe surrender sites that will allow someone to surrender a newborn child without any questions asked".