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.