A trucker who saved a baby boy after he had been abandoned by his mother has told officials he wants to adopt the tot.
Driver Jose Enrique Perea and a pal found the newborn after spotting a woman clutching a bundle of blankets in rural San Isidro, Alicante, Spain on 21st May.
Jose tried to talk to the woman and called police who found the baby dumped beside a footpath.
Now the lorry driver has revealed that he and his wife Ana want to adopt the tot.
He told local media: Perea told local media: “My wife thinks it’s a sign.”
Police say they tracked down a 39-year-old Swiss national – named only as Daniela – living rough next to an industrial estate.
Officers had found the newborn, still with the umbilical cord attached showing signs of dehydration although otherwise breathing normally and healthy.
His mother was arrested and has been remanded in custody for abandoning a minor.
Meanwhile, the baby was placed in an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital where staff carried out checks and named the healthy newborn, now called Noa.
The case has been brought to the attention of officials of the Children’s Prosecutor’s Office who will decide what will happen to baby Noa.
He also said that his pal and his partner will be godparents if they are successful in their adoption bid.
However, the process will not be easy and the authorities in Valencia currently have guardianship of the baby.
DNA tests are currently being carried out to determine whether Daniela is in fact the child’s mother.
If this is the case, the authorities will first check whether a family member wishes to take responsibility for the infant.
If not, the baby can either be adopted or placed in a foster home or children’s institution.
While the authorities decide on the baby’s fate, Perea said he and his pal are overjoyed to have at least saved the baby from a tragic fate.