Tucson airport officials release details in case of infant found in restroom

Tucson airport officials release details in case of infant found in restroom

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

Tucson Airport Authority officials released surveillance video that purportedly shows the mother of the child, seen walking through the airport holding something wrapped in blue fabric. The child is now in the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

The woman told the custodian she was okay and that she just had her period before she quickly left the restroom, police said. Despite a torn umbilical cord, he was mostly healthy. "Please get me to the authorities so they can find a good home", the note reads.

The child was found with a handwritten note, which mentioned the woman wanting a better life for her baby.

"I just want what is best for him and it is not me", the note continued, switching to the mom's perspective. She can't and unfit to deal with me. The baby was naked with its eyes closed, Quintana said, but the woman said the baby was three months old and left in a hurried manner.

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Ms Quintana also found the bloodied clothes in the bathroom rubbish bin. "Please. I'm sorry", the mother wrote on the note.

The expectant mother walked into the airport, but later left the premises without her newborn baby after she gave birth to the child inside the restroom, airport authorities said. The baby is now in the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, she said.

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.

"We would like to know who she is but we've exhausted our resources", Butler told the paper.

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

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