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Madera County Sheriff's Office locates video from when mother abandoned baby

CHP Officer Alfred Medina loading the abandoned baby into an ambulance (Photo CHP Central Division)

UPDATE: February 15, 2019 - The Madera County Sheriff's Department released new videos on Friday in the case of the abandoned baby.

The videos are from two different surveillance cameras in the area.


UPDATE: February 12, 2019 - Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera reported many people wanting to contribute money for the newborn baby brought in on Monday.

The hospital says it is not able to accept monetary donations for a specific patient.

If someone would like to donate money to Valley Children’s Hospital, funds will be donated to the Patient Help Fund, which supports ALL patients and their families who have a need.

The news release also updated the status of the baby as being in good condition.

Preliminary drug screenings on the child were negative.

When she is release from the hospital, she will be placed in the custody of Madera County Social Services.

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The Madera County Sheriff's Office is looking for the mother of a baby who was found abandoned in the middle of the road.

According to the Madera County Sheriff's Office, a man was walking east on Avenue 13 1/2 around 4:30 in the morning when he was approached by a woman driving a small SUV.

The man says the woman got out of her vehicle and asked him if he could help her and asked her to take her child.

He says he told her she should take the child to a nearby fire station or to Valley Children’s Hospital.

The man left the area and then a few minutes later a newspaper delivery driver noticed something in the road.

He pulled over to see what it was and it turned out to be a newborn baby girl in the center line of the road.

He picked up the child and called 9-1-1.

CHP and an ambulance came and picked up the child and took her to Valley Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Undersheriff Tyson Pogue says the baby is expected to make a full recovery. Soon it will be in the care of Child Protective Services.

The mother could be charged with attempted murder or felony child endangerment.

She is described as a Hispanic woman in her early 20s with a slender build, 5' 2" and 120 lbs.

She was driving a small SUV, possibly a Kia or Hyundai, that was dark blue or gray.


The baby, an hours-old baby girl, is currently being treated at Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, deputies say.

If you know who the woman might be, please call the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 675-7770.

It is legal to take unwanted babies to approved fire stations in California, and there was a fire station about one mile from where the baby was found. Hospitals are also safe surrender sites.



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