Baby left behind in Arizona airport bathroom with handwritten note


An airport employee found the child January 14 abandoned in the restroom near the rental auto counters.

In a shocking incident, officials of the Tuscon International Airport, Arizona, have released a video that shows a mother taking her newborn infant to the restroom before abandoning him there.

Juana Quintana, a custodian, told police she encountered the woman and asked if she was okay after seeing pools of blood on a bathroom floor.

Another Avis employee called 911, saying: "Somebody left a newborn baby with a note in the bathroom". If you don't mind get me to the authorities so they can locate a decent home.

The note further read in the voice of a newborn: "Please help me". It continues: "I just want what is best for him and it's not me". She says the woman told her the naked baby was three months old. She is unable and unfit to take care of me. The infant has now been handed over to the Arizona Department of Child Safety, the Washington Post quoted the airport police as saying. The custodian later found bloody clothes stuffed under paper towels in the trash can.

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The youngster was in great condition, authorities said.

All 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC have a law known as the safe-haven or Baby Moses law which allows mothers to leave newborns at certain locations such as hospitals without fear of penalty. The first part of the note appeared to be written from the newborn's perspective.

Though the airport is not considered a safe haven, law enforcement officials said there are no criminal charges pending against the unknown woman.

"We would like to know who she is but we've exhausted our resources", said airport spokeswoman Jessie Butler.

The baby is reportedly in good health after being evaluated at an area hospital, according to the Arizona Daily Star. "There is a lot of fear".