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

Woman gives birth and leaves note after abandoning infant son in Arizona airport bathroom as authorities ask for public's help in identifying her

Baby Born in Tucson Airport Restroom Is Left Behind Along With an Apology

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

The woman on the surveillance video arrived at the Tucson International Airport as an expectant mother - and walked out without her newborn baby.

A custodian from the airport says she discovered pools of blood on the bathroom floor shortly after the woman left. Despite a torn umbilical cord, he was mostly healthy.

Airport police are looking for a woman who they say may have given birth and left her baby in an airport restroom with a note asking authorities to find him a good home.

"Please help me", read the note left with the child.

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Another custodian said they found bloody clothes at the bottom of a trash can, while a Delta Airlines employee told cops she noticed a woman "acting out of place sitting in the chairs next to Delta baggage claim".

The airport authority also released photos of the scene and the handwritten letter found with the child. She is unable and unfit to take care of me.

All 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC have a law known as the safe-haven or Baby Moses law which allows mothers to leave newborns at certain locations such as hospitals without fear of penalty. The first part of the note appeared to be written from the perspective of the child. Airport officials are trying to identify the mother, "but we've exhausted our resources", Butler said in a statement.

The airport bathroom is not a safe haven location and the woman could face criminal charges, like child abandonment or endangerment.

Arizona is a safe haven state, meaning that in accordance with state law, mothers may give up their babies to specified authorities-hospitals, fire stations, licensed adoption agencies, or churches-up to three days after birth. There are a lot of different things that are probably going through a mother's mind.

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