On June 9th, 2017, firefighters at Station 21 in Houston were taking part in a district training at 9:30 a.m when they heard the cries of a baby. The group found a one-year-old in a car seat with cereal and a diaper bag.
Luckily, the child was in good health before he was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital. There were no signs of abuse on the child and the investigation is still in the early stages.
According to the hospital, the baby is at the appropriate height and weight for his age which leads Child Protective Services (CPS) to believe that he was well taken care of. Once cleared by doctors he will be placed in foster care.
CPS will be working with local law enforcement in hopes of tracking down the child’s parents or other family members who might want to look after him.
“At this point, if we cannot find his family members then we would make a public plea,” Tejal Patel of CPS said. “We are still in the very early stages of our investigation so we will be talking with him to get basic information. You know, getting his name for example and finding out does he know his mom’s name.”
CPS officials released a statement regarding this case. They specified that this case isn’t being investigated as a “Baby Moses.” Baby Moses is another term for safe-haven laws, which are in place to decriminalize the act of a parent leaving behind an unharmed infant at places designated as safe havens.
“CPS is involved in the case of the toddler who was left at the fire station this morning. While this does not qualify as a Baby Moses, we’re happy that the child is safe and that the parent left the child at the fire station. As HFD said, the child is being checked out at Texas Children’s as a precaution and will then go into foster care. We will work with law enforcement to locate the parents and any family members.
“A parent who leaves his or her baby at a designated safe site (at a hospital, fire station, EMS center or child placing agency) is allowed by law to use that as a defense against child abandonment charges. The child must be 60 days of age or less to qualify under the statute.”
Thankfully, the baby is okay. Anyone with information is asked to call the police.
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