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Video shows woman believed to have left newborn, note in airport bathroom

11 February 2018

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

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.

The child is healthy and in the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety. The abandoned infant was found with a torn umbilical cord and medics were rushed to the spot.

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A baby believed born in a Tucson International Airport restroom was left behind with a note that said, "I'm sorry".

A handwritten note was found beside the newborn, which read: "Please help me".

A spokeswoman for the Tucson Airport Authority, Jessie Butler, told the Arizona Republic that they want to interview the mother and what they learn will determine whether or not she is charged.

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The note goes on to say that the mother is "unable and unfit" to take care of the child and asks whoever finds the baby to take him to the authorities so they can find the baby a good home.

Over the last 20 years USA states have introduced safe-haven laws allowing newborn babies to be left at designated areas such as hospitals and firehouses, to prevent the precarious practice of dumping unwanted infants on doorsteps or under bushes.

Ms Quintana also found the bloodied clothes in the bathroom rubbish bin. "We would like to know who she is but we've exhausted our resources", an airport authority explained to the Washington Post.

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The airport bathroom is not a safe haven location and the woman could face criminal charges, like child abandonment or endangerment. "There is a lot of fear", said Kimberly Marshall, a nurse practitioner and co-founder of the Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation.

Video shows woman believed to have left newborn, note in airport bathroom