Babies are absolutely adorable and easy to love, but they can also be a handful for a parent who wasn’t expecting or is unable to provide. This is why in America there are a variety of options a mother can take after the baby has been born so the baby gets the best life possible.
She can surrender the baby up for adoption, but there’s also another option if the parents or mother wish to remain anonymous. Often referred to as the “Baby Moses” law, the Safe-Haven law allows parents to anonymously surrender their healthy baby at the door step of fire stations, hospitals, police stations and the like. The key for this law is that the state needs to designate these places as “safe havens” by the state. You can’t just leave a baby on just anyone’s door step.
When a 35-year-old man returned home, he found that not everyone knows this key fact. As he was relaxing after a long day of work, he heard the sound of faint crying. Unsure of where it was coming from, he decided to investigate. His investigation took him to the back porch of his apartment where, on a wicker love seat he found it. Wrapped neatly in a brown blanket there was a baby that was perhaps only a few hours old. It appeared that someone had an accidental pregnancy and in a feat of fear decided to leave the baby on this man’s back porch.
The man looked over the baby and saw that the umbilical cord was still attached to the baby. This suggests that the baby wasn’t delivered in a hospital, but likely in some strange back alley. The baby was crying, but had on a small T-shirt and a diaper. Despite being left on a stranger’s back porch, whoever had left the baby had carefully wrapped the baby in a blanket. This was someone leaving the baby out of fear.
He immediately took the baby back into his apartment and called 911. This baby’s health was what was most important now.
The baby was quickly checked out and everyone was relieved that the baby was in good health and had no scratches or bruises. After the quick check up, the baby was then taken by the Florida Department of Children and Families foster home. It is likely that unless the parents come forward, the baby will be up for adoption for the perfect loving parents.
Police are looking for the parents of the children, however the police are not interested in pressing criminal charges. Instead the police are concerned about the mother’s physical and mental health. We do not know the circumstances of the surrender and it is very possible that she did not deliver the baby in a safe and clean hospital surrounded by professional doctors. It’s also possible that she is terrified of any repercussions for what she did.
Florida, like many states, has the aforementioned Safe Haven laws which allows parents to leave their infants at a designated safe haven with no questions asked. Although this baby wasn’t left at a safe haven, the man’s apartment was less than a mile away from a firehouse which is a safe haven. It’s possible that she had intended to leave the baby there but was unable to go the entire distance. Still, she risked the baby’s health if the man hadn’t found the baby.
Police shared the news on Facebook and many parents expressed a lot of interest in adopting the baby. One woman expressed significant interest in adoption as she is unable to have her own children.
I am a 37-year-old female that is unable to have children… I wouldn’t know where to begin an adoption process, but I would love to get some advice on this matter. I want to give this baby boy a wonderful and love filled life.
Hopefully this baby will find the perfect home where they will be able to live a fulfilling and happy life.
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