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Newborn surrendered at Pomona hospital is sixth in county this year

Newborn surrendered at Pomona hospital is sixth in county this year
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe holds a Safe Surrender sign in 2011. Knabe initiated the program in 2001. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

For the second time this month, a newborn girl was safely surrendered at an area hospital as part of the county's Safe Surrender Program.

The latest surrender occurred Monday at a Pomona hospital, according to an announcement Thursday from Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe's office. Another infant girl was dropped off at a Tarzana hospital on June 2.

"When we consider the alternative to what could have happened to these girls, we are thankful these mothers, who found themselves in a desperate situation, made the right decision for their babies," Knabe said in a statement.

The child will remain in protective custody until it is placed with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.

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Implemented nearly 13 years ago, the Safe Surrender Program allows an infant up to 3 days old to be surrendered with no questions asked as long as there are no signs of abuse or trauma.

Monday's surrender marked the sixth this year and the 119th in the program's existence.

An interactive map detailing the county's surrender sites can be found on the program's website.

For breaking news in Los Angeles and the Southland, follow @debbietruong, or email her at debbie.truong@latimes.com.

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