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June 14th, 2008
Baby found at fire station

From the city of San Marcos

A newborn girl appears to be in good condition after being left at Fire Station No. 4 on Broadway Street by unknown persons about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

Engineer Jim Turnage heard what he thought were kittens outside the door, said Fire Chief Mike Baker. When he investigated the noise, he found the baby girl wrapped tightly in a blanket outside the door.
Fire Lieutenant Craig Miller followed San Marcos Fire Rescue procedures under the Texas Baby Moses law, notifying EMS and law enforcement. EMS notified Child Protective Services.

The baby was transported to Central Texas Medical Center. This is the first time a child has been left with San Marcos Fire Rescue under the Texas Baby Moses Law, which allows a parent to leave an infant under 60 days old at a hospital or fire station with no questions asked. All San Marcos fire stations are designated as “Safe Places” under the law law.

The infant appeared to be a newborn, weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and seemed to be in good health, according to Sgt. Fred Wisener of the San Marcos Police. Since the baby was left at the fire station in good faith, the police department is not conducting any criminal investigation in the matter, Sgt. Wisener said.

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