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Hours-old baby boy left at church, brought to Houston fire station

HOUSTON, Texas – An hours-old baby boy was taken to a Houston fire department early Wednesday morning after being left at a church.

Houston Fire Department officials said a man brought the infant to Fire Station No. 63 just before 5 a.m.

The man told firefighters the child was dropped off at a nearby church, but did not leave his name or the name of the church.

Paramedics evaluated the baby boy, who still had his umbilical cord attached, and then took him to a nearby hospital. The baby is in good condition, KSAT's sister station in Houston, KPRC, reported.

The Texas Department of Family Protective Services website contains the following information for parents thinking of bringing their baby to a designated Safe Haven:

  • Your baby must be 60 days old or younger and unharmed and safe.
  • You may take your baby to any hospital, fire station, or emergency medical services station in Texas.
  • You need to give your baby to an employee who works at one of these safe places and tell this person that you want to leave your baby at a Safe Haven.
  • You may be asked by an employee for family or medical history to make sure that your baby receives the care they need.
  • If you leave your baby at a fire or EMS station, your baby may be taken to a hospital to receive any medical attention they need. Remember, If you leave your unharmed infant at a Safe Haven, you will not be prosecuted for abandonment or neglect.