Aurelio Fuentes Jr. tells the Fresno Bee, "If there was another vehicle, that baby would have been badly hurt (or killed)". It was lying on its back, covered in its own feces, which had leaked through its onesie, he said. He called 911 and, together with another passerby, tried to keep the infant warm until help arrived.
Fuentes told The Fresno Bee he was also grateful to have discovered the baby alive, as it could have easily gone another way.
Sheriff's officials say a man walking around 4:30 a.m. was approached by a woman in a white SUV who asked him to take her baby. The pair unzipped the baby's flannel onsesie, and discovered the umbilical cord.
"The man directed her to the fire station and the Valley Children's Hospital down the street and suggested she take the baby there".
A witness said he had encountered a woman with a baby just minutes before the infant was found who had begged him to take the child, United States outlet ABC News reported.
Law enforcement is asking for the public's help in locating the birth mother who left the baby in the middle of the road about halfway between Roads 35 and 36.
It's unclear how long the newborn had been left out in the road.
Witnesses describe the mother as a Latina who appeared to be in her early 20s. The baby - a girl - is thought to have been about 10 hours old, according to the San Francisco Gate. "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". The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations.
Police ask anyone with information to contact Madera County Sheriff's Office at (559) 675-7770. Between January 2001 and December 31 2017, some 931 newborns were been surrendered.