Newborn left at fire station doing well

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A newborn left at Friendswood Fire Station No. 1 Tuesday, March 15 is doing fine, officials said, and the parents will remain anonymous under the Baby Moses law. The baby, estimated to be about 6 hours old, was checked out by medical personnel at a local hospital, according to a report from Friendswood Police.
State law allows a “designated emergency infant care provider” without a court order, to take possession of a child who appears to be 60 days old or younger if the child is voluntarily delivered to the provider by the child’s parent and the parent did not express an intent to return for the child. It is known as the “Baby Moses” law. Laws such as this enable a person to give up an unwanted infant anonymously. As long as the baby has not been abused, the person may do so without fear of arrest or prosecution. The purpose of such a law is to protect unwanted babies from being hurt or killed because they were abandoned. Texas law also makes all identifying information, documentation, or other records regarding a person who voluntarily delivers a child to a designated emergency infant care provider to be confidential and not subject to release to any individual or entity. In fact, a person commits a Class B offense if they knowingly disclose, receive, use or permit the use of information derived from records or files to identify a person who voluntarily delivers a child to a designated emergency infant care provider, police said.

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