A baby was found abandoned by the side of the road in a cardboard box in chilly temperatures alongside a note from his mother who said she couldn't look after the poor newborn.
A woman called Roxy Lane, of Fairbanks in the US state of Alaska found the infant on New Year's Eve by a row of mailboxes near her home and posted details of the heart-wrenching note online.
The handwritten message said the child's family couldn't afford to feed and raise him.
"Please help me!!!" the note said. "My parents and grandparents don't have food or money to raise me. They NEVER wanted to do this to me."
"Please take me and find me a LOVING FAMILY. My parents are begging whoever finds me. My name is Teshawn."
The child was taken to a hospital and is said to be in good health, state police reported. Authorities are still working to identify his mother, as is the woman who found him.
"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," Lane wrote.
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"Clearly, someone in our community felt so lost and hopeless that they made probably the hardest choice of their lives to leave that innocent life on the side of the road with nothing but some blankets and a name."
She continued: "But she named him! There's some love there, even if she made a terrible decision."
Teshawn was found at around 2pm on December 31, when temperatures were in single digits. He was born at 6am that same day, according to the note.
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"I was born 12 weeks premature. My mom was 28 weeks when she had me," the note read. "My parents lived on Cormorant Street. My mom is so sad to do this."
Cormorant Street is around a mile from where the child was found.
"Today I saved a baby and I'll probably think about Teshawn for the rest of my life," Ms Lane wrote. online
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