Baby legally surrendered at Oceanside fire station
OCEANSIDE (CNS) – A newborn is in safe hands Monday morning after being
surrendered by his mother at a fire station in Oceanside, authorities said.
A woman in her mid- to late 20s legally surrendered her newborn son at
fire station on North River Road in the northeastern portion of the city Sunday
afternoon, according to OFD Battalion Chief Pete Lawrence.
It was just before 4 p.m. when a crew was returning to the station from
a call when the woman approached them and said she wanted to give her baby up
for adoption, Lawrence said in a statement.
“The mother appeared heartbroken over the decision but was very calm
and cooperative,” he said, noting she had just recently given birth.
Firefighters checked over the infant and found him to be healthy and
well cared for, then medics transported him to a hospital for a more thorough
exam. Lawrence said the mother declined to be checked out.
Eighteen months ago, another infant was surrendered at the same fire
Under a countywide program dubbed “Safe Surrender,” newborns up to 72
hours old can be dropped off at fire stations and other designed locations
without fear of prosecution. The law also allows parents to change their minds
and return for the baby within 14 days. The program is designed to give
desperate parents an alternative to abandoning or harming their babies.