Toddler left at Houston fire station is not protected under Baby Moses Law

- Some Houston firefighters made an unbelievable discovery at their South Houston station after hearing odd noises.  

The firefighters at Station-21 thought they were hearing sounds from a television, but the racket turned out to be a baby, alone, strapped in a car seat.

A photo is going viral of the baby being comforted and in the loving arms of a firefighter.  

"That just shows the type of quality employees that we have in the Houston Fire Department and how committed they are to this community,” says Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Pena.  

The chief doesn't know how long the baby sat in his car seat on the floor of the fire station waiting to be discovered but it was around 9:30 a.m. when firefighters found the baby boy.  

“Approximately one year old is what we’re estimating.  The baby seems to be in good health,” the chief explains.  

"He was taken to Texas Children’s to get checked out, to be evaluated, just to make sure everything is fine.  He’s happy, he’s healthy.  So once he’s clear we’ll be putting him in a foster home,” says Tejal Patel with Child Protective Services.  

There was a bag of diapers and food left with the one year old.
In Texas the Baby Moses Law allows parents to leave an unharmed infant up to two months old with a worker at a designated safe site such as a fire station or hospital without any questions asked.  
So this case is not protected by the Baby Moses statute.

"In this case with the one year old it’s considered an abandoned child.  For the most part, the parent, whoever it was clearly had good faith, tried to do right.  It could just be a misunderstanding, not knowing the age requirements,” adds Patel. 
Houston police are now working to identify the baby’s parents and potentially pursue charges.
Again parents are only protected under Baby Moses statute if the baby is two months old or younger, and the baby must be handed over to a person and not just left alone at a safe haven facility.
The Baby Moses Hotline is 877-904-SAVE (7283).
It offers resources, alternatives to giving up your child and it explains the requirements of the Baby Moses Law. 
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