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Young Mother Safely Surrenders Hours-Old Baby Girl to Fire Station

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Los Angeles, CA (KTLA)—A 21-year-old woman safely surrendered her newborn to a fire station in Pico-Union on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 8, Los Angeles fire officials said.

The woman brought the baby to Fire Station 13, located at 2401 W. Pico Boulevard, shortly after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert.

She came up to the apparatus door and banged on it. Someone heard the noise and opened the door to discover the young mother with an approximately 2-hour-old baby girl, LAFD spokesman David Ortiz told KTLA on Wednesday.

A patient assessment performed on the infant, finding her to be in good health. The baby was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

a newborn baby's feet
A newborn baby’s feet. (Esudroff/Pixabay)

After that, she will be placed in the custody of child protective services and possibly be put up for adoption, according to Ortiz.

“Hopefully, this child will have a healthy upbringing,” he said.

Under California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law—which was created in 2001 and signed permanently into law five years later—parents can safely surrender their babies within 72 hours of birth.

The purpose of the law is to save the lives of children who may be at risk of abandonment.

Parents can give up their newborns at any L.A. County fire station, no questions asked, according to LAFD.

Fire stations are typically safe surrender sites, as are hospitals.

“We are very happy with this law that allows young mother without many options to be able to surrender their child and not abandon their child on the street or in a trash bin,” Ortiz said.

More than 930 infants were surrendered between Jan. 1, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2017, according to the California Department of Social Services.

“Available data indicates a generally decreasing trend of abandonments since enactment of the SSB Law, from 25 cases in 2002 to five or less cases per year since 2010, representing a decrease of at least 80%,” the department’s website states.

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