USA mother abandons newborn after giving birth in airport bathroom

Fredrick Soto
February 11, 2018

She told police she had become concerned after spotting "pools of blood" on the bathroom floor. The abandoned infant was found with a torn umbilical cord and medics were rushed to the spot.

Authorities have released photos of the woman they say left a newborn at the Tucson International Airport in January.

According to KPHO, a note left with the baby says the mother didn't know she was pregnant and is "unable and unfit" to care for the child.

At the end of the note, the mother pleaded, "I just want what is best for him and it's not me".

Ms Quintana asked the woman if she was OK, and the mother told her the baby, who was naked and had his eyes shut, was three months old before hurrying away. The custodian also found bloody clothes in a trash can.

Airport security received a 911 call from someone who discovered the baby at the changing table near baggage claim, according to KABC, and they immediately began investigating.

The youngster was in great condition, authorities said. The caller said someone had left the child with a note in the bathroom and that she was wrapped in a blanket.

The baby, who appeared healthy, was transported to a nearby hospital and is now in the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Services, the release said. "Please. I'm sorry", the mother wrote on the note.

Arizona is a "safe haven" state, meaning parents can drop off newborns at designated locations like staffed fire stations, hospitals, licensed adoption agencies, private welfare agencies and churches.

Though the airport is not considered a safe haven, law enforcement officials said there are no criminal charges pending against the unknown woman. There are a lot of different things that are probably going through a mother's mind.

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