Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A newborn boy was safely turned over to a Northridge hospital under the Los Angeles County Safe Surrender Program, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe said.

The child was surrendered Tuesday and as standard practice, placed in protective custody until he is adopted through the Department of Children and Family Services, Knabe said Thursday.

This is the fourth Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County this year and the 146th since the program began 15 years ago, according to Knabe, who has been a champion of the program since its inception in 2001.

“I am grateful to hear that a mother, who found herself in a desperate situation, made the better choice for herself and her baby boy by safely surrendering him at a hospital,” Knabe said.

“Thanks to the courage and bravery of this mother, her baby now has a second chance at life and the opportunity to grow up with a loving family.”

Under the county’s Safe Surrender law, a parent or guardian is allowed to surrender an infant who is no more than three days old at a hospital or fire station without repercussions if the baby shows no sign of abuse.

Although Knabe celebrates the success of the program, he said there is a need to “continue working to enlighten others that there is a safe, secure and anonymous way for mothers to get their baby into safe hands and protect them from abandonment.”

–City News Service

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