Baby surrendered at Waco fire station in foster care

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A newborn girl left at a Waco firehouse under the Baby Moses Law is now in foster care.

KWTX has confirmed, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services formally filed to have temporary custody of the baby Wednesday in a Waco court.

Associate Judge Nikki Mundkowsky ordered all documents sealed in the case.

According to DFPS officials, the baby was ‘just fine’ after being taken to Hillcrest Hospital to be checked out and has been released.

On Tuesday night, the newborn’s mother took her three-day-old daughter to Waco Fire Station 11 on Imperial Drive, and gave her up.

Firefighters said she told them she didn’t know she was pregnant until she delivered the baby at home on Saturday night.

She said she had other children at home, and didn’t think she could properly care for the baby, firefighters said.

Under the Baby Moses Law, once a baby is born, mothers have 60-days to take it to a designated “safe haven” location, no questions asked.

“It’s a wonderful statute because it prevents so many unnecessary deaths of infants each year, children who would otherwise be discarded, it also provides a legal defense for the parent,” said Patrick Crimmins, Media Relations Manager, Texas Department of Family Protective Services.

Crimmins didn’t know if the baby’s foster family would be selected for the adoption, but said it would take at least six months before they would be considered.

“This might or might not be the baby’s permanent placement, it’s temporary, but what will happen is, whenever a child is in our care, they come up with a ‘permanency plan,’ so there will be a plan for adoption or reunification,” said Crimmins.

Reunification can happen if the mother changes her mind, then she would have to go before a judge and explain why she should get her daughter back.

“She might be able to be reunited with the child,” said Crimmins. “There may be some things the judge decides she needs to do to prove she can take care of the child again if the judge decides she can’t get the child back right away.”

According to DFPS records, Waco’s is the 12th ‘Baby Moses baby’ the department has had since September 1, 2016.

Crimmins said there are many counties in the state that have never had a mother use the Baby Moses Law before.