The arrest of a Honduran mother charged, with the strangling her 3-day-old infant son late last year, has prompted a call for action by Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti of San Antonio.
"This tragic case shows that community awareness of the baby should be heightened," Uresti said. "We need to get the word out in English and Spanish."
He also said he would support state funding for that purpose since none was included when the law was passed more than a decade ago.
The Baby Moses, also known as the Safe Haven Law, allows babies 60 days or younger who are unharmed to be turned over to medical or emergency personnel, no questions asked and without fear of prosecution.
Uresti also said he will look at expanding the law during the next session to include babies beyond the current 60-day limit.
He also said he wants to make sure hospitals, obstetricians and other health care workers pass on the potentially life-saving information.
Mary Walker, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said whenever possible the agency tries to work with Spanish-language media to spread the word about the law.
She also said its Safe Haven hotline is staffed with bilingual operators.
Patrick Crimmins, DFPS spokesman in Austin, said, "Law enforcement, the courts, Child Protective Services, I think all of us have done everything possible to get the word out."
But Susan Smylie said the community also should get involved. Smylie was the first mother in Bexar County to adopt a Baby Moses infant taken to a fire station by his birth mother 10 years ago.
She said the information should be seen wherever possible.
Smylie said, "WIC offices, pediatrician offices, obstetrician offices, hospitals, anyplace where a pregnant woman can show up."