Outside of the double doors at Fire Station 24 in Rocklin, investigators say a newborn baby boy was left by himself early Tuesday morning.
“It just happens to be one of our chiefs was walking to get a bowl of cereal at midnight because he couldn’t sleep,” Rocklin Fire Department Chief Kurt Snyder told FOX40. “Good thing he did that. That baby could have been out there by itself until 6:30 this morning.”
According to California law, whomever dropped the baby off left him in the right place since most fire stations and hospitals are considered “safe surrender sites.”
But the law requires a legal guardian or parent to come face to face with someone when dropping the infant off.
“The child was not surrendered over to one of the firefighters directly,” Snyder said.
Normally, state law allows a legal guardian to drop an infant off at a safe surrender site within the first 72 hours of birth. But, that law only protects those who hand the baby off directly.
“They should have put the child in somebody’s arms, gotten one of our attentions, knocked on the door, rang the door bell,” Snyder said.
The baby, who was just a few hours old, had its umbilical chord attached to it when it was found inside of a plastic container. The fire department said it was in a healthy state before it was taken to a nearby hospital and into child protective custody.
If investigators find the person who left him at Fire Station 24, it will be up to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office to press charges.
Rocklin Police say this is the first time a baby has ever been dropped at a safe surrender site in Rocklin.
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