The newspaper carrier discovered the baby a short time later and brought her into a vehicle to keep her warm.
- A newborn girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found by a newspaper carrier in the middle of a rural road before dawn in near-freezing temperatures.
He initially thought it was an animal until he got closer before realising it was a newborn baby.
"You can see the umbilical cord attach to it, so this baby was barely born and I can't tell for how long but it had feces leaking from it's onesie", Fuentes told KGPE.
"It could've been worse because out it's pitch black - there could've been coyotes, there are cars going by fast down that road", Fuentes added.
The newborn, who was only hours old, was rushed to Valley Children's Hospital and is now being treated at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Authorities eventually arrived and took the baby in for treatment. "The baby was cold, but luckily she was discovered early enough that she'll make a full recovery", Undersheriff Tyson Pogue of the Madera County Sheriff's Office tells KABC.
A suspect allegedly approached a man as he walked down the highway and asked him to take her child.
Authorities are seeking the mother. He refused and suggested she take the newborn to a hospital.
Witnesses describe the mother as a Latina who appeared to be in her early 20s.
The woman asked the man if he could take her child, deputies said. She was seen leaving the scene in a small, white SUV. Upon release from the hospital, she will be placed in the custody of Madera County Social Services. "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". Ironically, there was a staffed fire station within a mile or two, and Valley Children's Hospital is very nearby.