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)
SOUTH CENTRAL FIRE STATION RECEIVES
SAFELY SURRENDERED NEWBORN
LOS ANGELES, September 8, 2009 – Supervisor Don Knabe, Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, is pleased to announce that a baby girl was safely surrendered yesterday at Fire Station 33 in the City of Los Angeles.
The mother of the newborn female gave birth at home and immediately took the baby to the South Central fire station where she surrendered the infant. LAFD took the newborn to a nearby hospital, and the baby was reported to be in good health. As is standard practice, the baby girl is in protective custody and will eventually be placed with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.
“I want to thank this newborn’s mother for doing the right thing,” said Supervisor Knabe. “The Safe Surrender Program continues to protect babies from abandonment and give mothers a safe, secure, and anonymous way to get their child into safe hands.”
This is the fifth Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2009, and the 74th 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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