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The Madera County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of the girl, who was found with an umbilical cord still attached. The baby was rushed to Valley Children's Hospital shortly after 4 a.m.

Authorities are still trying to identify the suspect. According to a news release from the sheriff's office, she was described by witnesses as Hispanic, possibly in her early 20s. She left the scene in a small white SUV of unknown make or model, the sheriff's office said.

Fuentes said that he was halfway through his route and approaching a customer's house when he saw something white moving in the middle of the roadway. He thought it was an animal.

As he drove closer, he saw that it was a baby lying on its back, crying.

It was a disorienting sight and it took him a moment to realize what he was seeing. Then, he called 911 and got out of his car. The 911 operator told him to pick up the baby. He did, and tried to calm the newborn, who was wearing only a zip-up, one-piece suit without a diaper.

Just then, a woman drove up to ask if everything was OK, and Fuentes, still nonplussed, told her he had found a baby.

"She was as shocked as I was," he said.

She told Fuentes that the heater in her car was on full blast, and suggested that the newborn be put in her car. The two unzipped the baby's clothing, and discovered the umbilical cord.

The woman suggested they take the baby to her house, but Fuentes told her authorities were en route. Moments later, sheriff's office SUVs, an ambulance and a fire truck arrived. The baby was taken to the hospital.


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