Newborn Dropped Off At SoCO Fire House

By: KKTV 11 News Email
By: KKTV 11 News Email

Pueblo Fire Fighters say a newborn baby boy was surrendered at Fire Station 11 on Christmas Eve.

According to the fire department, family members delivered the baby at home. The family reported that the mother requested her newborn be dropped off at a fire station under the Safe Haven act.

The baby appears to have been born about 20 minutes before he was dropped off.

A medical unit was dispatched to check on the mother's condition. Family members volunteered her contact information after an initial attempt at contact was unsuccessful.

The mom and baby were taken to a Pueblo hospital separately. Custody of the baby was given over the authorities.

This is the first child surrendered at a Pueblo Fire Department station since the Safe Haven for Newborns program was adopted several years ago.

If a someone chooses to surrender custody of a newborn, any fire station in the City of Pueblo can accept them. You can also call 911, if unable to make it to a fire station or hospital.

The program is in place to deter a mother from abandoning a child in a way that places the baby at risk.

“We participate in this program for this very reason,” Chief Christopher Riley states. “We are here to ensure a safe surrender, avoiding an unsafe abandonment.”

For information on the Colorado Safe Haven Law click the link below.


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  • by proudmom Location: colorado on Jan 2, 2011 at 10:50 AM
    Well latest i heard was the mother did not know she was pregnant and was scared and shocked. She since then has taken her baby back and is going to raise the child with the baby's dad. hope it all goes well.
  • by hmmm on Dec 28, 2010 at 09:32 PM
    Charlie, how do you know that this woman hasn't gone through circumstances more recently that prevented her from being able ot care for another child. Maybe she lost her job, lost her financial support, or just knew the baby would have a better life elsewhere. I'll take a mother dropping her child off at a firehouse over dropping it into a dumpster any day!!! How dare you judge her when you have no idea what this mother may have gone through to make this decision. Maybe she spent 9 months just trying to figure out how to make it work and never got a break. I commend her for carrying her child to term and giving an adoptive family their blessing rather than killing her unborn child.
  • by Mary Location: Pueblo on Dec 28, 2010 at 03:02 PM
    It is easy to pass judgement when we don't know any of the circumstances. We don't know what led to this decision but the important thing is the law is in effect to protect the child and it worked. That is more important than accusation of the mother for making a difficult decision. Ultimately the baby is safe.
  • by linda Location: pueblo on Dec 28, 2010 at 08:16 AM
    I JUST HOPE THE MOTHER AND BABY ARE OK. GOD BLESS HER, YOU ARE RIGHT SHE DID THE WRITE THING, THAT IS WHY WE PASSED THE LAW, FOR PARENTS OR TEENS THAT ARE NOT READY TO BE A MOTHER OR FATHER. I PRAY TO GOD THIS BABY FIND A GOOD HOME, THERE ARE SO MANY WOMEN THAT CANT CONCIVE AND ARE READY TO TAKE ON THE RESPONS, ABILTY TO LOVE AND CARE FOR THIS BABY, MARRY CHRISMAS TO THE FAMILY AND MAY YOUS HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
  • by Charlie Location: C/S on Dec 28, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    I agree with Betty Jo S., this young girl had 9 months to decided what to do with the baby. Or did she not know she was pregnant, or how she got that way?
  • by Lena Location: C/S on Dec 28, 2010 at 07:29 AM
    Or how about the brazilian woman who threw her baby over a seven-foot wall? That was SO much better than just dropping her baby off at a firehouse, right? At least this woman cared enough for the baby to do the right thing.
  • by Cella Location: Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    Oh I agree with Anonymous and Wiz Kid, she should have just wrapped the baby in plastic and left it to die in a dumpster, like dozens of young mothers do every year! It's intersting how we can have all the abortion clinics we want, up and running and doing a booming business. But how DARE WE support a mother who honors the life within her and makes the RIGHT CHOICE by surrendering her child safely, in order that it may have a better life. Imagine the pain of haveing to make that decision on Christ*mas! Apparantly, there is no room for compassion or mercy in our society. Now that is pathetic.
  • by Greg Location: Springs on Dec 28, 2010 at 04:35 AM
    I do commend the mother and the rest of the family for making this difficult decision. However, I've seen too many of these cases end up in court after the adopting family has spent years of blood, sweat, tears, and love raising this baby only for the mother to come forward later on in the child's life to claim parental rights of some kind. I hope this is not one of those cases, our children should not be treated like toys to be argued over by adults.
  • by Betty Jo S. on Dec 27, 2010 at 09:49 PM
    Is it just easier to dump a child at the fire station than going to an adoption agency? They have 9 months to figure all this out, why wait til the last minute? I don't get it..Perhaps if the girls were to just say NO, they wouldn't have to dump their child anywhere.
  • by cs Location: cs on Dec 27, 2010 at 07:31 PM
    She made a great choice in giving up this baby. That is exactly what this law is for. Instead of throwing this baby in the trash somewhere, she gave him up to someone who can care for him. There are plenty of people looking for babies. He was and will be loved.
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