A newborn baby boy was found abandoned inside a pizza box on a deserted street.
Locals discovered the week-old infant, wrapped in a blanket, in the Mexican city of Tlaltenango in the state of Zacatecas on Thursday.
Inside the pizza box was a heartbreaking note about his mum — who had tragically died while giving birth.
“Take care of my grandson,” the note, translated from Spanish, read.
“My daughter died while giving birth and I don’t have (a way) to support him and I hope he has a better life and God forgive me.”
Social services were contacted and the baby was taken to a local hospital.
Mexico’s Civil Protection Agency posted the note and a photo of the baby to social media after he was found.
“Life shapes you but it does not prepare you for situations like this,” the post read.
The photo quickly went viral on social media with a number of people offering to take in the newborn.
However Tlaltenango mayor Miguel Ángel Varelo Pinedo said he would be responsible for the baby’s expenses and expressed regret that the child had been abandoned for financial reasons.
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“It’s sad to hear that a baby is abandoned due to a lack of financial resources,” Mr Varelo Pinedo said on Facebook.
“This beauty was found today (Thursday). Beyond the message, this is when we should show solidarity and take care of the baby.
“I’ll take care of the baby’s spending as long as it takes. Rest in peace your holy mother and God forgive your grandmother, as the letter says.”
The mayor took to Facebook again on Sunday to share a photo of the baby, who he said had been christened Ángel Gabriel and baptised in honour of the people who live in Tlaltenango.
He has requested to the governor of Zacatecas to ensure that the child is adopted by someone from the region, according to local media reports.
“May you have a decent life with exemplary adoptive parents,” Mr Varelo Pinedo said.
“Many thanks to all of you, because in moments of sadness and consternation, we all still seek the wellbeing of the most vulnerable.”
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