The infant was turned over on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Los Angeles County Fire Station 136 in Palmdale, according to County Supervisor Don Knabe.
“It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to give up a child, but this mother bravely made the better choice for her baby girl—No shame. No blame. No names,” Knabe stated in a press release.
As is standard practice, the newborn is now in protective custody and will be placed with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.
This is the second time in less than two weeks that a newborn was turned over at a Safe Surrender Site in Los Angeles County, according to Knabe. On Oct. 17, a baby girl was safely surrendered at a hospital in Tarzana, Knabe stated. Locally, a newborn girl was safely surrendered at a fire station in Lancaster on Memorial Day (May 26).
There have been 11 Safe Surrenders in Los Angeles County in 2014, and 124 since the program began nearly 13 years ago.
“Though we’ve been able to save the lives of 124 babies so far, we need to continue spreading the word that there is a safe, secure and anonymous way for mothers, who find themselves in a desperate situation, to get their baby into safe hands—at any fire station or hospital, any time—and protect them from abandonment,” Knabe stated.
The County’s Safe Surrender Program allows a parent to confidentially hand over an infant within 72 hours of the baby’s birth – no questions asked. The law makes it easier for a parent who might otherwise abandon the baby in an unsafe place. It protects the parent from prosecution for child abandonment and allows the parent or surrendering person at least 14 days to reclaim the baby. Read more about the Safe Surrender Program at BabySafeLA.org.