Police Say a Woman Abandoned Her Newborn Baby in an Airport Bathroom

Tuscon Airport Authority believes the woman gave birth around 9pm in an airport bathroom

Tuscon Airport Authority believes the woman gave birth around 9pm in an airport bathroom

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

The Tucson Airport Authority released footage this week of the woman walking through the airport, in the hope of identifying her.

He remains in the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

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. The abandoned infant was found with a torn umbilical cord and medics were rushed to the spot. If you don't mind get me to the authorities so they can locate a decent home.

"Please help me", read the note left with the child.

"I just want what is best for him and it is not me", the note continued, switching to the mom's perspective.

Authorities described the mystery woman as being aged in her mid-20s and said she was wearing black leggings and a coat.

Another custodian said they found bloody clothes at the bottom of a trash can, while a Delta Airlines employee told cops she noticed a woman "acting out of place sitting in the chairs next to Delta baggage claim".

Authorities say she left the airport without her baby boy.

The airport authority also released photos of the scene and the handwritten letter found with the child.

It's believed she may have been attempting to take advantage of the safe haven law, which allows babies to be abandoned at designated sites across the US. She is unable and unfit to take care of me. "Please. I'm sorry", the mother wrote on the note. Authorities have not yet filed any criminal charges, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

Texas became the first state to pass a safe-haven law in 1999 after 13 babies were abandoned in the Houston area in the first 10 months of the year, prompting a public outcry for new legislation.

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