He immediately took the newborn to his vehicle to keep her warm and called the emergency services.
KFSN-TV reports the hours-old baby was wearing only a onesie when a newspaper carrier found her before dawn Monday on the center line of the road in Madera County. "The newborn was discovered dressed only in a soiled onesie in weather just below 30 degrees".
Police are searching for the mother of a newborn girl who was found in the middle of a rural California road, with her umbilical cord still attached, in near freezing temperatures.
When California Highway Patrol Officer Alfred Madina arrived on the scene, he wrapped the baby in a blanket.
"It could've been worse because out its pitch black it's pitch black there could've been coyotes there's cars going by fast down that road", Fuentes Jr. told ABC30.
Invasion of the polar bears
Authorities there have reported that the tiny islands, home to just a few thousand people, are playing host to a polar bear invasion.
Anyone with information on the case is being asked to contact the Madera County Sheriff's Office at 559-675-7770. She is said to be in good condition. Authorities are now investigating the identity and whereabouts of the mother. Witnesses say she is possibly a young Hispanic woman in her early 20s.
"He was approached by a female driving a white, smaller SUV", Undersheriff Pogue said.
The man advised her to go to the children's hospital or the fire station before she drove away, Pogue said.
The baby was taken to the nearest hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
California's Safely Surrendered Baby Law allows parents or persons with lawful custody to safely surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked, at designated safe drop-off sites. Ironically, there was a staffed fire station within a mile or two, and Valley Children's Hospital is very nearby.