Fort Worth firefighters care for girl dropped off under 'Baby Moses' law

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by CARLA WADE

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Posted on August 29, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 12:17 AM

FORT WORTH -- The sound of an alarm typically jolts firefighters like Bryan Wyrick into action, but last Wednesday, it was a doorbell.

"She just looked sad, but I think she knew she was doing the right thing," Wyrick said.

"She" was a young woman who showed up at Fort Worth’s Fire Station 26, cradling a baby born just a few hours earlier. Wyrick, a father of two, took the 6 pound, 3 ounce, dark haired little girl into his arms and then inside the fire station.

"You instantly get attached,” he said. “I didn't want to put her down as soon as I held her."

Wyrick said the mother told them she had other children and couldn’t care for the new baby.

Using supplies given to fire stations by the Alliance for Children Center, he and the other firefighters on duty fed and diapered the baby. They kept her warm until paramedics arrived and took her to Cook Children's Hospital for a check up.

“This law that our legislators passed, it worked." said Julie Evans, executive director at the northeast Alliance For Children Center.

The 2009 "Baby Moses" law allows people to drop off a baby up to 60 days old at a designated place, and because of this law, the child's mother was able to leave with no questions asked and without judgment.

“She's a pretty strong woman to be able to hand off your child like that, knowing they'll have a better life with someone else," Wyrick said.

Evans said three babies have been surrendered in Tarrant county this year because of the law. The other two babies were left at hospitals.

The children are then placed into foster homes that have been licensed and where the potential parents have undergone background checks. They are usually families that want to adopt, and will be given the opportunity to do so.

"You have a baby that is healthy and being turned over to a home that has been waiting for that day,” Evans said. “I think it's an opportunity to celebrate."

For the guys at Station 26, it was an opportunity to answer a different kind of call for help.

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