Van Nuys hospital receives first ‘safe surrender’ baby of 2013

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A newborn girl left at a Van Nuys hospital Sunday was L.A. County’s first “safe surrender” of the year, according to County Supervisor Don Knabe.

The baby will be placed in protective custody and then given to a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services, Knabe said in a statement.

The safe surrender program allows parents to bring a baby to a hospital or fire station in Los Angeles County within three days of the child’s birth. The person can surrender the infant without threat of arrest or prosecution for abandonment as long as the child shows no signs of abuse or neglect.

“As word spreads about the program, mothers in desperate situations can make the right choice for their babies and themselves because of Safe Surrender,” Knabe said.


Sunday’s surrender was the first in Los Angeles County in 2013 and the 104th since the program was approved in 2001, according to Knabe.


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