Roxy Lane, of Fairbanks, said on Facebook that she found the newborn swaddled and alone along the side of the road last week, along with a heartbreaking note from his mother, who said she could not afford to feed and care for the baby, named Teshawn.
The Alaska Department of Public Safety confirmed Lane’s story in a statement later that night, and added that the infant was taken to a nearby hospital where he was “found to be in good health.”
It’s not clear what will come of baby Teshawn, or whose custody he is in now. But Lane is asking for anyone who may know the baby’s mother to step forward, and has said that she’ll “probably think about Teshawn for the rest of my life.”
Abandoned Baby Teshawn Found in Alaska
In a video posted to Facebook that has since been deleted, Roxy Lane said she found a cardboard box near some mailboxes on her street on New Year’s Eve.
The temperature was reportedly in the single digits with a windchill factor of 12 degrees below zero, when Lane discovered the box was sheltering a newborn baby. Attached to the box, she said, was a tragic letter from the child’s mother, who wrote that she and her family were unable to care for the child, who had entered the world only hours earlier.
“Please help me!!!” the message began. “I was born today on December 31, 2021 [at] 6 a.m. I was born 12 weeks premature. My mom was 28 weeks [pregnant] 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.”
The note continued: “My mom is so sad to do this. Please take me and find me a LOVING FAMILY. My parents are begging whoever finds me. My name is Teshawn.”
Lane contacted authorities, who took the newborn to the local hospital for a medical evaluation. Despite the heartbreaking circumstances of his first day, Teshawn was no worse for the wear and declared to be in good health.
It’s not clear what, exactly, became of the child after Lane turned him over to police. Alaska State Troopers have asked for “anyone who may have information about this child” to contact the agency. They have not said if they intend to file charges against Teshawn’s mom.
Good Samaritan Searches for Mother
Later on in the since-deleted Facebook post, Lane pleaded for anyone who knows Teshawn’s mother to reach out.
“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,” she reportedly wrote.
The good Samaritan speculated that Teshawn’s family didn’t know about Alaska’s Safe Haven Law, which allows new parents to turn over their child to emergency personnel within 21 days of birth. She said she thinks the child’s mother “might be in a desperate situation, feeling abandoned herself.”
“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,” Lane wrote in the Facebook post. “But she named him! There’s some love there, even if she made a terrible decision.”
No matter what happens next, Lane said she’ll remember the tragic discovery — and the innocent newborn she rescued — for as long as she lives.
“Today I saved a baby,” she wrote. “And I’ll probably think about Teshawn for the rest of my life.”