NEWS FROM DON KNABE
Supervisor, Fourth District
County of Los Angeles
822 Hahn Hall of Administration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David A. Sommers
(213) 453-6446 (cell)
NEWBORN SAFELY SURRENDERED AT LOS ANGELES HOSPITAL
LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2009 – Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is pleased to announce the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success again last week with the report of another safely surrendered newborn. This most recent report of a safe surrender occurred at a hospital near downtown Los Angeles.
The newborn Hispanic male was surrendered on Thursday, June 25 at hospital in the City of Los Angeles. The newborn is reported to be in good health. As is standard practice, the baby boy is in protective custody and will be placed with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.
“This case could have ended in tragedy, but because of the Safe Surrender program, this baby boy has a long life ahead of him,” said Supervisor Knabe. “I am happy this mother made the right choice for her baby.”
This is the fourth Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2009, and the 73rd since the program began eight years ago. The program was initiated by Supervisor Knabe and approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors in 2001. It allows someone to surrender an infant that is no more than three days old, as long as the infant shows no signs of abuse.
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