Baby Left With Stranger At Lodi Gas Station:
A woman left her newborn baby with a stranger at a gas station and then left, police said Monday.
Police said around 12:15 p.m., a woman at the Arco gas station at 800 E. Kettleman Lane handed a Chico State student a bundle in a green towel and then went away.
Police said a six-pound baby boy was wrapped in the towel.
The student took the baby to Lodi Memorial Hospital, police said.
The baby appears to be fine, police said, and has been named "Mercury."
Hospital officials said the baby was six or seven hours old.
Before walking away, the woman said, "I can't deal with this," the student said.
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, police said.
The mother could face felony abandonment charges, police said, because the baby was not taken to a safe center.