Tuesday, November 13, 2007

CPS: Infant's abandonment violated Baby Moses law

The individual who abandoned a newborn in an indeterminate country outside a Katy-area fire station over the weekend did not legally follow with the Baby Moses Law, kid social welfare functionaries said Monday.

A fireman establish the male child wrapped in a towel with portion of his umbilical cord still attached near an air-conditioning unit of measurement outside the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department edifice on Saums early Saturday.

The kid had been exposed to the elements, and emmets had already gathered around his body, said Estella Olguin, spokeswoman for Child Protective Services. The babe had been left in an country where firemen make not normally go, she said.

If an baby is abandoned at a designated exigency attention supplier such as as a fire station, police force station or infirmary in a mode that causes injury to the baby or unmaskings the baby to a hazard of harm, the lawsuit makes not measure up as a Baby Moses case, Olguin said.

"Leaving it outside by some shrubs or by the air-conditioning unit of measurement where the kid may not be establish is not covered under the Baby Moses Law," Olguin said. "It was just fortune and opportunity that this kid was found."

The law, enacted in 1999 after 13 babies were abandoned in the Houston country in a nine-month period, lets a parent to drop off an unhurt babe 60 years old or little at a fire station, police force station, infirmary or accredited child-placing agency.

The small male child will likely stay hospitalized for another hebdomad at Christus St. Catherine Of Aragon Hospital in Katy, Olguin said. He suffered hypothermia and was establish to have got a low bosom rate. He have also been placed on antibiotic drugs for a blood infection.

He was the 3rd baby abandoned in the Houston country this year, but the first who was not left in statuses that follow with the Baby Moses Law, Olguin said.

The male child stays in the impermanent protective detention of CPS. His parents have got not been found, Olguin said.

Expectant female parents or other parents needing elucidation of the Baby Moses Law or counsel on how to give their kid up for acceptance can name the state's Baby Abandonment Hotline at 877-904-SAVE.

The hot line, unfastened 24 hours a twenty-four hours in both English and Spanish, accepts anonymous calls.

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