This abandoned newborn baby boy was found in a cardboard box in sub-zero temperatures alongside a note – apparently from his mum – urging finders to call the baby’s dad.
The infant was found on Davila Street in Pompeya in the town of Merlo in the eastern Argentine province of Buenos Aires when two men heard strange sounds coming from a box left under a tree.
According to reports, they found the tot breathing faintly with its eyes closed and apparently suffering from hypothermia.
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One of the men, identified as Elias, told local media: “He was purple and only slightly moving. We called over to a resident and she helped the baby.”
According to local media, the infant was dressed and wrapped in a blanket with a blue hat covering his little head alongside a handwritten note.
The note included the baby’s name and age as well as details to contact the man said to be his father.
The note read: “Whoever has found my son M (Mateo), I ask that you please call his father. His name is Joaquin and he does not know about it [the baby]. Here is his number.
“I cannot take care of the baby. He was born on 28th May. I love him so much and I hope that one day he can forgive me.”
According to reports, the resident who helped Mateo, called Estefania, gave the baby a bath, changed his nappy and called the police.
The tot was then rushed to the Hospital Heroes de Malvinas where he is now out of danger but still receiving treatment until the authorities learn more about his background.
Prosecutor Andrea Veronica Molaro is leading the investigation into the infant’s abandonment.
Local media contacted the telephone number on the note and a woman answered, saying: “I am not Joaquin, I am a mother of five children.”
She added that she does not know why her number was included in the note, saying: “I have nothing to do with that.”
The investigation is ongoing.