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A Note of Hope- Newborn baby found in cardboard box

Note left with baby Teshawn
Note left with baby Teshawn(Julie Swisher)
Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 3:39 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a newborn child found in an abandoned cardboard box over the weekend.

The child was found alive and okay despite the temperatures being well below freezing on New Year’s Eve.

Left with a note in a cardboard box, the baby was found by the intersection of Dolphin Way and Chena Point Avenue around 2:00 PM in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The temperatures in Fairbanks this past week have ranged from zero to a low of -44 below Sunday evening.

Fairbanks Resident Roxy Lane found the baby and posted the note left by the mother on social media. “I hope the mother gets the help she might need,” Lane said in her post. “I doubt they [the parents] could have afforded to take her to the hospital and she may be in need of medical attention. Please, someone knows this new mom, check on her! She might be in a desperate situation, feeling abandoned herself. We don’t know, there could be a whole backstory here behind closed doors.”

The note read, " I was born today on December 31, 2021, at 6:00 AM. I was born 12 weeks premature. My mom was 28 weeks when she had me. My parents and grandparents don’t have food or money to raise me. They never wanted to do this to me.”

In the note, the mother named the child Teshawn. Also stating ”Please take me and find me a loving family. My parents are begging whoever finds me.”

The newborn was transported by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to a local hospital.

Tim Despain Public Information Officer with Alaska State Troopers said in a statement, “At this point in the investigation, we are not releasing any further details because of child confidentiality reasons and have assured the public the child is in good health and we are seeking the public’s help in identifying more information about this child.”

Under the safe surrender of infants act in Alaska, there are ways for parents who can’t care for children to surrender their child. Babies can be brought to local fire stations, police departments, medical facility or to a trusted person who must then contact the Office of Children’s Services.

If you have any information the number to call in Fairbanks is 907-451-2986 or you can call the Alaska State Troopers at 907-451-5100 or submit a tip anonymously through the AKtips smartphone app.

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