Mom drops off baby at FW fire station

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by By CHRIS HAWES / WFAA-TV

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 12:35 PM

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Chris Hawes reports
July 29, 2008

FORT WORTH - Following the Baby Moses Act, a young mother left her baby boy Tuesday at a fire station in Fort Worth.

Under the act, parents can drop off a child under the age of 60 days old.

Debra McCarty said it was a pretty slow day at the Fort Worth station until she looked up and saw a woman standing outside the door. The woman was holding a baby carrier. Debra said she instinctively knew the woman planned to leave the infant.

"By the time I got to the door, she had given the baby to Chief Woodard and just said she couldn't take care of the baby anymore," she said.

McCarty said the mother appeared to be young, possibly still a teenager. The woman said she couldn't care for her son.

"It's a real heart wrenching thing to hear and see someone give up her baby," she said.

The fire station employee said she held the infant in her arms as his mother drove away.

"I just rocked the baby and talked to him constantly," McCarty said. "He was laughing, so I think he's going to be fine."

While there was no time for conversation, McCarty said she wants the mother to know she is grateful. She said working at the Fort Worth Fire Department, she and her colleagues have seen what happens to children whose parents can't care for them properly.

"We're grateful for that," McCarty said. "The baby had a bottle and seemed to be very well dressed."

Fire stations are considered a safe place under the Baby Moses Act, which protects mothers who anonymously give up healthy babies. But under the act, the baby cannot be older than two months old. McCarty said she believes the child may be nearly three months old.

The baby will be handed over to Child Protective Services as soon as he's checked out by doctors.

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