12/18/2007 Police in Lodi, California are searching for the mother of an abandoned baby.
Police said around 12:15 p.m., a woman at an Arco gas station handed a Chico State student a bundle in a green towel and then left.
Before walking away, the woman said, "I can't deal with this," the student said.
The bundle turned out to be a six-pound baby boy wrapped in a towel.
The student took the baby to Lodi Memorial Hospital.
The baby appears to be fine, police said, and has been named "Mercury."
Hospital officials said the baby was six or seven hours old.
The baby's mother is described as a Hispanic female, about 23 to 28 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 135 pounds.
She had brown hair in a ponytail, and had a pierced lower lip and was wearing black clothing, police said.
The student said she was driving a gold car, possibly a Hyundai.
The mother could face felony abandonment charges because the baby was not taken to a safe center.
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