Mum leaves tragic note with abandoned baby
AUTHORITIES are searching for a woman who is believed to have given birth inside an airport toilet before abandoning her baby with nothing but a heart-rending note.
The baby was found at Tucson International Airport in Arizone in the US on January 14.
But now, new details have emerged after police released surveillance footage showing a woman who is believed to be the abandoned child's mother.
Authorities described the mystery woman as being aged in her mid-20s and said she was wearing black leggings and a coat.
It is not known whether the footage shows the woman before or after she had given birth, or whether the young mother flew into the airport.
According to Fox 5, police are convinced the woman delivered the baby boy at a concourse bathroom before cutting the umbilical cord and taking the child to a different bathroom located near a car rental counter next to the baggage claim area.
Authorities developed this timeline based on the amount of blood found inside a toilet stall and on some items of clothing found stashed inside a rubbish bin in the first bathroom.
The baby was found by a staff member of the car hire company around 9pm along with a scrawled, pleading note.
The note reads: "Please help me. My mum 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 me a good home. I just want what is best for him and it is not me. Please. I'm sorry."
The Washington Post has reported the baby was found "with a torn umbilical cord" and that medics clamped the cord to prevent bleeding, although the child was otherwise healthy and well.
The infant is now in the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety and authorities are searching for his mother.
Witness Juana Quintana is believed to have seen the mother and baby moments before the child was left, the Washington Post reports.
She told police she had become concerned after spotting "pools of blood" on the bathroom floor.
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.
Ms Quintana also found the bloodied clothes in the bathroom rubbish bin.
All 50 US 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.
However, it is not known whether the baby's mother will face charges if found as airports are not considered a "safehaven" under the law.