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Troopers investigating abandoned newborn found on city's west side

A Fairbanks woman who reportedly found the baby in a cardboard box at the intersection of Dolphin Way and Chena Point Avenue says she this note was tucked into the box.

KTOO report: Fairbanks woman says she discovered baby

Law enforcement officers say an abandoned newborn baby was found alive in a cardboard box Friday at an intersection on the west side of Fairbanks.

Alaska State Troopers say the child was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and found to be in good health. And the agency is looking for information about how the baby got there.

According to a story posted today by KTOO, a Fairbanks woman who says her name is Roxy Lane found the newborn near a row of mailboxes near her home.

In a video she posted on social media Friday night, the woman shows a baby wrapped in a thick blanket. She also shows a note that says his name is Teshawn.

Troopers hadn't yet responded to KTOO's queries about the case Saturday.

A Trooper dispatch posted Friday afternoon says the agency got a report at about 2 p.m. Friday that the child had been left at the intersection of Dolphin Way and Chena Point Avenue, just west of Fairbanks International Airport.

The dispatch says law enforcement officers found the child and determined it apparently had been left there not long before they arrived. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature at that time was around 1 degree Fahrenheit.

The officers also found a note, “indicating the parent could not take care (of) it.”

Troopers are investigating the incident. They’re asking anyone who may have information about the baby to contact the Fairbanks Trooper office at (907) 451-5100. Tips can submitted anonymously on the Trooper website’s Tips page or with the cellphone AKtips app.

KTOO's Rashah McChesney contributed to this report.

Tim Ellis has been working as a KUAC reporter/producer since 2010. He has more than 30 years experience in broadcast, print and online journalism.