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Mom hands over baby at Fort Worth fire station

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A North Texas mother handed over her newborn baby to firefighters in Fort Worth last week.

Fire stations are designated as a safe baby site under the Baby Moses law.

Firefighters at Station 26 on Hulen Street said a distraught mother walked into the station around noon last week and said she needed help and could no longer care for her baby girl.

Firefighters said the infant appeared to be no more than three hours old.

"She was very emotional and she wanted to hand it off pretty fast. So we took it from her, took the baby to the back of the station," said Fort Worth Fire's Bryan Wyrick.  "The Safe Baby program, they provide us with a bag with formula, diapers clothes. So we put a new diaper on her, dressed her up and put her in a blanket."

The mother was well within her legal rights to drop off her child at the fire station under the Baby Moses law.

The law allows a baby up to 60 days old to be dropped off at a designated place – like a hospital, police or fire station with no questions asked and without fear of prosecution.

The baby is currently in the care of Child Protective Services.

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