A baby boy welcomed into the world prematurely was found abandoned in a cardboard box on New Year’s Eve. Next to the box, there was a note written by the mother, who pleaded for her son to be taken care of by whoever finds him.
It was around 2 pm on December 31, 2021, when a woman named Roxy Lane, of Fairbanks, Alaska, spotted the baby who was swaddled in blankets at the intersection of Dolphin Way and Chena Point Avenue, as reported by Daily Mail.
The temperatures were extremely low and according to the National Weather Service there was wind chill of 12 below at that time.
According to the note, the sweet soul was born at 6 am that day and the heartbreaking decision for him to be abandoned was made because the family didn’t have food or money in order to take care of him.
Lane shared a photo of the note on Facebook in an attempt to locate the mother because she believed her family was so poor that they probably didn’t have enough money to take her to a hospital and she was likely in need of medical help.
“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.
“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.”
The note said, “Please help me!!! 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.”
According to Lane, the fact that the mother named the baby before she abandoned him spoke that she truly cared.
Sweet Teshawn was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed he was perfectly healthy. Luckily, being outside in a box didn’t cause him any trouble.
“I was born 12 weeks premature. My mom was 28 weeks when she had me,” the note further read. “My parents lived on Cormorant Street. My mom is so sad to do this.”
As the authorities do their best to locate the mother, Lane urges other parents who are in the same situation as Teshawn’s to rely on the Safe Haven Law and surrender their babies at safe places, such as fire stations.
“Today I saved a baby and I’ll probably think about Teshawn for the rest of my life,” she wrote, as per Daily Mail.
“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.
“There is always a safer, humane choice to surrender a baby and you will not get in trouble or even have to answer any difficult questions. Take the baby to a fire station, or church, or hospital and they will take care of them,” Lane added.
We pray for baby Teshwan to find a loving family and have the life he deserves.