POSTED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 5:31pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 5:53pm
Kilgore, Tx (KETK) — It's a Saturday morning Kilgore firefighters won't soon forget, a newborn baby was dropped off at one of their fire stations just before 1:00 a.m.. Firefighters then took him to the hospital and he's now being cared for by Child Protective Services until a home is found for him.
The Baby Moses Law allows parents to bring babies under 60 days old to a designated safe place with no questions asked. Those designated safe places are hospitals, fire stations and police stations. The employees check the babies for visible signs of harm, if unharmed parents are not charged with abandonment or neglect and the baby is taken to a hospital for further examination.
Assistant Chief Michael Simmons says the Baby Moses Law saves lives.
"We feel like its our job to step up and help that mother..and help that child..and I think some people kinda look at it negatively..the mother gave the child up..I kind of view it theres a family out there that's looking to adopt..a young baby..and if it helps this mother out..of a tough situation..it puts that child in a safe loving home and a family is able to adopt a child....that really wants it. for me..it's a win-win situation..for everybody."
Firefighter Roger Crues says when they opened the door Saturday morning, they were shocked.
"Stunned was the words we were using because we never dreamed that would be what we would find..it's not often that somebody knocks on the door in the middle of the night like that..it's best that she did that instead of throwing it in the dumpster..that's why we do what we do..to be able to help people."