Abandoned Newborn Found in Cardboard Box With 'Please Help Me' Note on Alaska Roadside

A newborn baby was found alive on New Year's Eve inside a cardboard box by the side of a road in Fairbanks, Alaska, local authorities said.

A note found with the child indicated the parent who left the infant could not afford to feed him, according to a statement from Alaska State Troopers.

The child "seemed to have been abandoned at the location recently," according to the troopers' statement. The department also noted the baby "was transported by EMS to a local hospital and was found to be in good health."

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An abandoned baby was found in a box by the side of the road in Fairbanks, Alaska, on New Year's Eve. This undated stock photo shows a road in Fairbanks, Alaska. Getty

An Alaska resident named Roxy Lane found the abandoned child. She posted a video on Facebook of the baby, as well as of the accompanying note.

"Today I found an abondaned [sic] newborn in a cardboard [box] at the row of mailboxes by my house," Lane wrote in her post. "I've been processing my feelings all day and running through all the different scenarios and reasons, with my bf and family, as to why something like this could have happened."

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Lane mentioned the baby's parents might not have known about Alaska's Safe Haven Law, which allows parents to surrender a child without legal consequences at hospitals, churches, police stations or fire stations.

"I hope the mother gets the help she might need," Lane added. "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 found with the baby also implied the mother was in a desperate situation.

"Please help me!!!" the note shared by Lane online read. "I was born today on December 31, 2021 [at] 6 a.m. 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."

"My mom is so sad to do this," the note continued. "Please take me and find me a LOVING FAMILY. My parents are begging whoever finds me. My name is Teshawn."

The report from Alaska State Troopers said they were notified about the abandoned baby at around 2 p.m. Friday. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature at that time in Fairbanks was 1 degree with a wind chill of 12 below zero.

Alaska State Troopers ask anyone with information about the baby to call 907-451-5100 or submit a tip anonymously through the AKTips smartphone app.