Newborn baby found outdoors OK, mother located

Baby found near apartment complex on NE Side

By Jessie Degollado - Reporter, Chris Shadrock - Web - News Producer, Stephanie Serna - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police reports the newborn baby boy found outdoors Thursday morning on the Northeast Side is “doing good,” and his mother has been located, but the case remains under investigation.

Emergency medical services personnel were alerted by a woman at an apartment complex on O’Connor Road. Police said she told them that her children had found the crying infant with its umbilical cord attached.

The caller said she cleaned the baby after bringing it back to her apartment, but he “looked fine.”

As a result of similar cases, the Baby Moses Law was enacted in 1999, creating Safe Havens. 

According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 68 infants have been saved statewide over the last five years.

The agency said four have been turned over so far this year, but the most were 19 last year. 

Related content: Information on Safe Haven/Baby Moses Law

The law allows a parent unable to care for a newborn a designated safe place to drop off a child with no questions asked, except for any medical or family history to help meet the baby's needs.

The law states:

  • 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 (EMS) 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.

For additional information about the law, people can call the Texas Baby Moses Hotline at 1-877-904-7283.

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.

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