Woman in Tucson airport toilets believed to have given birth, abandoned baby

Woman in Tucson airport toilets believed to have given birth, abandoned baby

Woman in Tucson airport toilets believed to have given birth, 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 Tucson Airport Authority released chilling new information about the incident, as well as video footage showing the unidentified mother walking around the airport with what appears to be the baby.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, the baby boy was found by a rental auto employee on a changing table in a restroom in the baggage claim area.

Juana Quintana, a custodian, said she encountered the woman, who was holding the baby, in a restroom.

The child was found with a handwritten note, which mentioned the woman wanting a better life for her baby. She is unable and unfit to take care of me.

Authorities have released photos of the woman they say left a newborn at the Tucson International Airport in January.


The second part of the note is written from the mother's perspective, and reads, "I just want what is best for him and it's not me". She says the woman told her the naked baby was three months old.

According to an airport spokeswoman, the baby appears to be healthy and is now in the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

Ms Quintana also found the bloodied clothes in the bathroom rubbish bin.

ABC 13 reports the baby was left with a note.

Kimberly Marshall, the co-founder of Arizona Safe Baby Haven foundation added: "We hear stories where a baby is abandoned, or a mother who has had a baby doesn't know what to do, doesn't know who to turn to".

But since an airport is not a designated location, the woman could face criminal charges. Airport officials are trying to identify the mother, "but we've exhausted our resources", Butler said in a statement.

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