Baby girl safely surrendered at Pomona hospital this summer, official says
POMONA — A baby girl was safely surrendered at a hospital in Pomona this summer, marking the ninth time this year that a child was turned over under a program aimed at keeping infants from being injured or abandoned, authorities said Tuesday.
The Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect just learned of the surrender, although it took place on Aug. 21, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn.
“Thanks to the Safe Surrender program, this baby has the chance to grow up in a loving, caring home,” Hahn said. “Safe Surrender allows mothers in desperate situations to make the right decision for themselves and their baby.”
A parent or guardian may legally and safely leave an infant who is no more than three days old with an employee at any Los Angeles County hospital or fire station with no questions asked, if the baby shows no sign of abuse.
They will not face arrest or prosecution for child abandonment.
There have been 159 babies surrendered under the program since it began in 2001.
More information is available at http://babysafela.org/