A new mother was praised this week for surrendering her newborn twins to a local firehouse.
A fire crew out of California said the mom did the right thing by taking her children to a safe-haven surrender location instead of endangering or abandoning the infants.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department took to Facebook to stress the importance of the mom’s decision. Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said:
“This is exactly why the Safe Surrender program was created.
This young mother did the right thing by bringing her babies to the fire station. Regardless of your circumstances, the Safe Surrender program is a viable and loving option.”
On Monday, January 29 around 8:30 a.m., a woman anonymously gave up two babies with “no questions asked.”
The firefighters said the children were cleaned, fed, and cared for when the young mother took them to a station in Hesperia.
Mother Surrenders Twins to Firefighters at “Safe-Haven Site”Date/Time: Monday, January 28, 2019, 8:39 p.m.Location:…
The woman refused medical care before she was told where she could assert parental rights regarding the newborns in case she changed her mind. The department wrote:
The newborns were then transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. The mother … was provided information and instructions on how to reclaim her children in the event she wished to do so in accordance with the safe-surrender state law.
The Baby Safe Surrender program was established in California in 2001. According to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), 931 babies have been voluntarily handed over to the state from 2001 to 2017.
Many praised the “brave” mother in the comments section for making the tough decision. One commenter wrote:
Thank God for unselfish birth Moms like this story. Our family was blessed 9 months ago to a safe haven baby.
So many times in my law enforcement career I’ve asked why someone discarded their infant, resulting in death, when this was an option. Thank you so much for doing the right thing and making it possible for someone to adopt and love your babies.
Under the safe-haven law, mothers who give up a baby 3-days-old or younger to any fire station, hospital or designated Safe Surrender site, will not face any criminal charges.