CPS investigates after newborn dropped off at local hospital

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Texas Child Protective Services is investigating after a baby boy was dropped off Monday night at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco to determine if the child meets the criteria of the state’s Safe Haven or “Baby Moses Law,” agency spokeswoman Lisa Block said in an email Tuesday.

Under the law, the parent’s identity is kept confidential and only information regarding the child’s basic medical background is sought from the parent.

Block did not provide the age of the child, who is “safe in state care.”

A court will decide whether to give the state custody of the boy.

A hospital spokesman earlier declined to confirm whether an infant was dropped off.

The law requires that the child be left with a medical professional with a statement of intent to turn the child over to the state or left at a designated site such as a hospital, emergency medical care facility, fire station with an on-duty paramedic, or a child placement agency with a registered nurse on duty willing to accept the child.

The child must be younger than 60 days old and may not be the victim of abuse or neglect.

During fiscal year 2018, there were nine Baby Moses cases statewide, one of which was in the Central Texas region and involved a child who was 10 days old or younger, Block said.

During the current fiscal year, there have been three cases statewide, including one in Central Texas who was 10 days old or younger, she said.

A baby was dropped off at a Waco fire station in August 2017, marking the first time an infant was surrendered in Waco under the Safe Haven law.

The three-day-old girl was left at Station 11 on Imperial Drive.

The mother told firefighters she did not know she was pregnant until she delivered the girl at home.