Baby Found Abandoned In Airport, Police Are Searching For Mother

A woman left a newborn baby at Tucson International Airport with a note begging that the baby be handed over to authorities and found a good home. According to the mother, she didn't know she was pregnant and wasn't fit to raise a child.

Airport security cameras captured a woman, believed to be the mother in question, walking with a baby in her arms. In another part of the airport, authorities found bloody, discarded clothes which they believe belonged to the birth mother.

Authorities got a 911 call from a person in the airport who found the infant on a changing table in a restroom on January 14th. Next to the infant, there was a hand-written note which read:

"Please help me. My mom had no idea she was pregnant. She is unable and unfit to take care of me. Please get me to the authorities so they can find a good home."

"I just want what is best for him and it's not me," the note continues. "Please. I'm sorry."

Authorities immediately began investigating and reviewed the security camera footage. A woman can be seen walking, clutching a bundle in her arms, near the baggage claim area.

The bundle is believed to be the baby, wrapped in blankets. The baby was found in a bathroom near the baggage claim area.

In another bathroom in the airport, police found discarded clothing, which included a pair of lacy green underwear and a pair of sweatpants. The clothing was covered with blood and bodily fluids.

They believe that it might have belonged to the woman, and she may have given birth in that restroom. She brought the baby to a family restroom and left him on the changing table.

Airport custodian, Juana Quintana, reports that she encountered the woman in the bathroom where it is believed the mother gave birth. Upon seeing the pools of blood on the bathroom floor, Quintana asked the mystery woman if everything was alright.

The woman insisted everything was fine. She was holding a nude baby in her arms, and the baby's eyes were closed. Quintana asked about the baby, and the woman said he was three months old. She then hurried out of the bathroom.

Quintana is the one who found the clothing in the trash. They had paper towels covering them, as if the mother made an effort to conceal the discarded garments.

Thus far, authorities have had no luck in identifying the woman. "We would like to know who she is but we've exhausted our resources," said airport spokeswoman Jessie Butler in a press release.

If found, the woman could face charges. Arizona is a 'safe haven' state, which means that state law permits desperate mothers of newborns to surrender their babies, no questions asked and without consequence, to certain authorities.

Women may go to hospitals, fire stations, adoption agencies or churches, and have up to three days after giving birth to drop off newborns.

Airports are not included on the safe haven list, making the abandonment in this case a possible crime.

Authorities released the video footage in hopes that someone will recognize the woman. The mother is white, appears to be in her 20's, and is estimated to be between 5' 5" and 5' 7" tall. She has dark hair and was wearing a black jacket and black purse. If anyone has any information, authorities are asking that they call the local police.
The baby, thankfully, appeared to be unharmed and in good health. He was brought to a local hospital for a check-up, and is now in the custody of the state.

Source: Yahoo
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