Mom abandons baby in cardboard box with a note asking someone to ‘find him a loving family’


‘Please help me, my parents don’t have food or money to raise me’: Baby is found abandoned in cardboard box in Alaska on a frigid New Year’s Eve with a note begging for ‘a loving family’

  • Roxy Lane found baby Teshawn outside a row of mailboxes by her Fairbanks home around 2pm on December 31 when temperatures where in the single digits
  • She found him a cardboard box, swaddled in blankets and cooing, with a note from his mother asking someone to help him
  • ‘Please help me!!!’ the note said. ‘My parents and grandparents don’t have food or money to raise me. Please take me and find me a LOVING FAMILY’
  • Teshawn was taken to a nearby hospital and is said to be in good health
  • Police are working to identify the mother who, in her note, claimed she was sad to abandon her baby and ‘never wanted to do this’


A newborn baby boy was abandoned in a cardboard box in Alaska’s frigid winter temperatures with a note from his mother expressing that she couldn’t afford to feed the child.

Roxy Lane, of Fairbanks, found the infant on New Year’s Eve by a row of mailboxes near her home. She posted a video of the child, whose mother called him Teshawn, and the note on her Facebook page. 

‘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.’ 

Teshawn was taken to an area hospital by paramedics shortly after he was found and is said to be in good health, state police reported. Authorities are still working to identify his mother.

A preemie baby boy was found abandoned in a cardboard box in Fairbanks, Alaska on Dec. 31 with the above note from his mother

When Roxy Lane (pictured) found the infant he was swaddled in blankets and cooing.

Teshawn (pictured) was taken to a nearby hospital and is said to be in good health

When Roxy Lane (left) found the infant – whose mother named him Teshawn (right) – he was swaddled in blankets and cooing. Teshawn was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation and is said to be in good health

Lane found Teshawn in a box, cooing and swaddled in blankets, at the intersection of Dolphin Way and Chena Point Avenue, near Fairbanks,  around 2pm on December 31.

Temperatures were in the single digits with a wind chill of 12 below at that time, according to the National Weather Service. 

The infant had entered the world earlier that day around 6am, his mother wrote in her note.

‘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.’ 

Although the she is grateful Teshawn was found in good health, Lane is asking her neighbors to help locate his mother.   

Based on her note, she said she doubts the family could have afforded to take the woman to the hospital and worries she may be in need of medical care.

‘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.’

She continued: ‘But she named him! There’s some love there, even if she made a terrible decision.’

Lane said she has spent a lot of time processing the situation and trying to understand why someone who abandoned their child outside. 

According to her note, Teshawn's mother lived on Cormorant Street. He was abandoned about a mile away at the intersection of Dolphin Way and Chena Point Avenue

According to her note, Teshawn’s mother lived on Cormorant Street. He was abandoned about a mile away at the intersection of Dolphin Way and Chena Point Avenue

Teshawn was found near the mailboxes pictured above

Teshawn was found near the mailboxes pictured above

‘Today I saved a baby and I’ll probably think about Teshawn for the rest of my life,’ she wrote.

‘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 suggested Teshawn’s parents may have been young and unaware of Alaska’s Safe Haven Law, which allows parents to give up their unwanted children at safe places.

‘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,’ she wrote.  

However, despite the woman making a ‘terrible decision,’ Lane hopes ‘the mother gets the help she might need’. 



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