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Safe Haven Law gives babies another chance at life

The Meridian
Baby Law
Posted at 10:22 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 19:46:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A local organization is speaking out after an abandoned baby boy was found in Tallahassee over the weekend.

Police say an infant about a week old was found in the bed of a pickup truck parked outside The Meridian apartment complex Saturday. Officers say the infant was alert but cold from being left outside.

This could have easily been a different scenario for the baby. Folks at Big Bend Community Based Care are reminding people about Florida's Safe Haven Law, where anyone can anonymously leave an infant younger than seven days old at any fire station, hospital or emergency medical center.

"Life is a very precious gift and we want to make sure that every little child, every little infant has a fighting chance," said Mike Watkins, Big Bend Community Based Care's CEO. "I think one of the struggles that we have is getting the word out to say that it's okay to give this child a fighting chance." 

If you want more information about surrendering an infant, call the national Baby Safe Haven hotline at 1-888-510-BABY.

If you're interested in learning more about fostering or adopting a child, click here.