Mother gives birth, abandons baby at airport

Mother gives birth, abandons baby at airport

Mother gives birth, abandons baby at airport

The woman abandoned the newborn in a bathroom at the airport on Sunday, Jan. 14.

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 healthy and 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. The abandoned infant was found with a torn umbilical cord and medics were rushed to the spot. "Please get me to the authorities so they can find a good home", the note reads.

A handwritten note was found beside the newborn, which read: "Please help me". "I just want what is best for him and it's not me". The custodian later found bloody clothes stuffed under paper towels in the trash can. "Please. I'm sorry", the mother wrote on the note.

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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.

TAAPD has exhausted all its own resources and those of the local law enforcement community as well and is not actively looking for the woman, a spokeswoman for airport police told

Tucson Airport Authority officials say investigators still are trying to identify the woman, who may be the baby boy's mother.

The baby is reportedly in good health after being evaluated at an area hospital, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

The airport bathroom is not a safe haven location and the woman could face criminal charges, like child abandonment or endangerment. There are a lot of different things that are probably going through a mother's mind.

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