HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A newborn baby with his umbilical cord still attached was dropped off at a local church and brought to a Houston fire station early Wednesday morning.
The baby is reportedly in good condition at a local hospital.
Assistant Fire Chief Ruy Lozano said paramedics at HFD Station 63 in northeast Houston were returning from a call just before 5 AM Wednesday when an unidentified man handed them a newborn baby boy.
Authorities said the baby still had his umbilical cord attached and was wrapped in a blanket, when paramedics took him in.
"We really like to have a no questions asked policy, other than any other sort of medical history that might help us ensure the safety of the child," Lozano said.
"We're not here to judge. We never know what's going on in different people's lives. We're just fortunate the child's in good health and that we had an opportunity to be involved with something that's so dear to our hearts."
Houston Police said the man told paramedics he encountered this baby at a church on Tidwell Drive, gave firefighters a false address and phone number, and left. However, under the state's "Baby Moses Law," the man didn't do anything wrong.
"If you have a baby you can't take care of and you drop it off at a hospital or a fire station, then you can't be prosecuted for abandoning that child because you've taken it to a place where it can be safe and cared for," said FOX 26's legal analyst, Chris Tritico.
According to Tritico, the law states the baby must be under 60 days old and unharmed when dropped off.
Firefighters transported the newborn to the hospital for care, where authorities said he'll remain until further notice. Child Protective Services now has full custody of the baby and is trying to figure out where to place the baby next.
"Typically with something like this with an abandoned child, we would move forward as if the child doesn't have family, so that means taking legal, temporary custody or permanent custody of the child, then starting the adoption process," said Tiffani Butler, a media specialist with the Dept. of Family and Protective Services.
Houston Police are now investigating if the person who dropped the newborn off at the church could face child abandonment charges. Under the Baby Moses Law, a church is not considered a safe haven place.