On Jan. 14 shortly before 10 p.m., an employee of one of the rental vehicle agencies called airport police to say she'd found a baby in the restroom, airport spokeswoman Jessie Butler wrote in a news release.
Airport authorities believe the woman gave birth to the baby in a restroom cubicle at around 10pm on 14 January. The child is now in the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety.
A custodian from the airport says she discovered pools of blood on the bathroom floor shortly after the woman left.
The newborn was found inside the bathroom with a torn umbilical cord and a note. It begs whoever finds him to turn him over to authorities so they can find the boy a good home.
My mom had no idea she was pregnant.
The note concluded: "I just want what is best for him and it is not me".
The baby was then taken to a nearby hospital and is said to be in a healthy condition.
Airport security immediately started searching the airport's surveillance video as soon as they got a 911 call regarding an abandoned newborn baby. The first part of the note appeared to be written from the perspective of the child. She can't and unfit to deal with me.
"We would like to know who she is but we've exhausted our resources", Butler told the paper. When she asked the woman if she was okay, the suspected mother would only say that the baby was 3 months old and left in a hurry. Criminal charges have yet to be determined, the Arizona Daily Star reported, and the woman remains unidentified.
Arizona is a "safe haven" state, meaning parents can drop off newborns at designated locations like staffed fire stations, hospitals, licensed adoption agencies, private welfare agencies and churches. "There is a lot of fear", said Kimberly Marshall, a nurse practitioner and co-founder of the Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation.