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Tuscon Airport Authority officials are now asking for the public’s help in identifying the woman who they believe gave birth to the boy in a Concourse B restroom before transferring him to the family bathroom in the baggage claim area before abandoning him there.
An airport employee found the child Jan. 14 abandoned in the restroom near the rental car counters.
According to the Tuscon Airport Authority, ‘An investigation of video and witnesses indicates it is possible the mother, who has yet to be identified, gave birth to the baby boy sometime around 9pm.’
Authorities say the infant was lying on a changing table and had been cleaned and wrapped up after being born.
The video released shows a woman carrying something wrapped in a blue blanket.
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. ‘Please help me,’ the note says. It begs whoever finds him to turn him over to authorities so they can find the boy a good home.
‘I just want what’s best for him, and it is not me,’ the note reads. ‘Please. I’m sorry.’
Authorities say the baby is healthy and remains in the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety.
Arizona is a ‘safe haven’ state, meaning parents can drop off newborns at designated locations like hospitals and churches if they are unable to care for them.
But since an airport is not a designated location, the woman could face criminal charges.