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Mother gives hours-old baby girl to California firefighters

By the CNN Wire Staff
A 27-year-old mother surrendered her baby girl at this fire station in  Los Angeles on Christmas Eve.
A 27-year-old mother surrendered her baby girl at this fire station in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A baby was surrendered on Christmas Eve at a Los Angeles fire station
  • The 27-year-old mother said the girl was only 6 hours old, a fire spokesman says
  • She is healthy and will be placed in protective custody, he adds
  • In California, a parent can drop off a newborn at fire stations with no fear of arrest

(CNN) -- A 27-year-old mother surrendered her baby girl to firefighters in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve, authorities said Saturday.

She told firefighters at Fire Station 46 that the newborn was just 6 hours old. The firefighters accepted the girl, wrapping her in a blanket. She was healthy and did not appear to have been neglected or abused.

Firefighters named the newborn Noel, in honor of the Christmas holiday, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.

"We are happy to state that our last report was that the infant was very healthy, and we are moved that this potentially tragic incident had a pleasant outcome," he said. "There was a sense of relief."

Both the baby and mother were given identification bracelets.

The infant was taken to an area hospital, Scott said, and would be placed in protective custody.

In California, a parent or legal guardian can surrender a newborn at fire stations and hospital emergency rooms with no fear of arrest. The law is meant to protect infants from being hurt, neglected or killed.

 
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