TUCSON, Ariz. - Police in Arizona are trying to identify a woman they say gave birth inside an airport bathroom and left the baby there.
The newborn was found by a worker at Tucson International Airport on Jan. 14.
It has been three weeks since the incident and police have yet to identify the baby’s mother. They have not said if they believe she flew into the airport or where she may have come from.
However, authorities have now released surveillance videos from inside the airport that shows a woman believed to be the child’s mother. She is described in her mid-20s wearing black leggings and a coat carrying several things, including a neck pillow. Police did not say if this the images taken of the woman was before or after she is believed to have given birth.
Detectives believe given the amount of blood found inside a bathroom stall and on clothing that was disposed of inside a garbage can, the woman gave birth to a boy at a concourse restroom, was able to cut the umbilical cord and then took the child to another restroom near baggage claim where she cleaned the child of blood and left him on a changing table inside of a restroom near a car rental counter.
An employee of that company found the baby along with a handwritten note which reads in part, “Please help me. My mom had no idea she was pregnant. She is unable and unfit to take care of me. Please get me to the authorities and find me a good home.”
Police did not say the gestational age of the baby.
The child is now in the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety.
As for the mother, police are continuing to search for the woman. They did not say if she is expected to face charges.