OVIEDO, Fla. (AP) - The Oviedo Fire Department has received its third infant that was surrendered by its parent since a safe haven law was passed.
Fire Chief Lars White told the Orlando Sentinel the healthy baby was transported to a hospital Friday night, the third time a baby has been surrendered at the fire station. The Sentinel also reports this was the ninth case in Seminole County and the 183rd in the state since the law went into effect in 2000.
The law allows for parents to hand over a newborn to local authorities anonymously, such as fire stations or hospitals. Leaving it anywhere else could result in criminal charges.
The baby will then be turned over to a state-licensed adoption agency.