Newborn Girl Dropped Off at LA Fire Station

By: Associated press
By: Associated press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles firefighters have named her Noel.

She's a newborn baby who was dropped off at a downtown fire station on Christmas Eve by a woman who said she had just given birth to the child hours earlier and wanted to give her up for adoption. The baby was clean and wrapped in a blanket.

The newborn was taken to a hospital, but officials say she's "very healthy."

California's Safe Haven law allows parents to give up babies up to three days old at fire stations and other locations without fear of prosecution if there are no signs of abuse.

A fire captain says the mother made "the right decision." He says she was cooperative as firefighters went through procedures for taking the baby.

She didn't give a reason for wanting to give up the child, but did say she had three other children.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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