Parents of a baby girl born just a few hours prior left her safely at a fire station in Crosby, Texas, thanks to a law that allows parents to surrender infants with first responders within a designated period of time after birth. According to local news station KHOU.com, “The sheriff’s office said deputies received a call about the girl being dropped off at the fire station. Deputies and firefighters found the girl a short time later at the station’s front door,” which was around 3:30 a.m. on June 1, 2020.
The mother of the child will not face charges because she did not abandon her baby, but left her child at the fire station in accordance with the state’s Baby Safe Haven or Baby Moses law, and notified an employee of her child’s location.
Each state has its own version of this law, which can be found here. The time frame in which an infant may be left with first responders varies from state to state, ranging from three to 60 days. In Texas, the law states that the baby must be 60 days old or younger and must be left unharmed at a hospital, fire station, or EMS station, with an employee.
New born baby girl left at this Crosby Fire dept. overnight.
Tip caller let officials know the little girl was here. She is just hours old and in good shape at a near by hospital.#abc13 pic.twitter.com/lrO1G377S0
— Jeff Ehling (@JeffEhlingABC13) June 1, 2020
Back in December 2019, parents in Illinois safely left their newborn baby girl with a firefighter in Cicero. Parents there can leave their children with first responders within 30 days of birth. And in October 2019, a mother took her baby to a fire station in Los Angeles, California. Some facilities have also installed special baby boxes which immediately notify authorities when an infant is left inside. Babies are retrieved from the boxes within minutes by first responders.
When parents cannot care for their newborns, those stories don’t have to end in tragedy. Thanks to Safe Haven laws in every state, no child should be left for dead. Every child deserves to have a chance, and every parent deserves to live knowing that they protected the life of their precious child.
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