Baby Found in Bag at Florida Firehouse

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- April 22, 2011 -

A caller alerted St. Lucie County Fire District officials that a newborn baby was inside a bag left in front of the building.

The call came in as firefighter Stephen Beane arrived at work
Thursday morning.

Beane found the baby girl, wrapped in towels and plastic bags,
along with a note indicating she was born at 7:15 a.m. Thursday.

The baby was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort
Pierce where Beane said she appeared to be in "pretty good
health."

The Department of Families and Children says the infant will be
turned over to the Children's Home Society for adoption.

Under the state's Safe Haven Law, parents can leave newborns at
a hospital, fire station or emergency medical facility within seven
days of birth without penalty.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    Its better to put up for adoption then it is to abort or kill.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    I am so happy this law exists.
  • by Debra Morris Location: quincy on Apr 22, 2011 at 01:02 PM
    I agree with the person that said the child was not tossed out like trash.I pray this child and others find suitable homes
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Apr 22, 2011 at 01:02 PM
    Bob, had your mom did the samething maybe you would be a happier individual. Now stop judging!!
  • by healthiersoul Location: newark, nj on Apr 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    I do not condone to just leave a baby anywhere, whether it is a law or not. However, if you know your situation and leave the baby where you know that someone will get it before any harm come to it, then your doing better than literally throwing it in the trash or aborting it like some headlines read.I do think the anonymous part of it is cowardice though.
  • by anonymous Location: Tally on Apr 22, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    Oh, I see. So I can pop out as many babies as possible and if I don't want them, it's ok to just throw them away like trash. Wow- what a great idea....and so Christian to abandon a newborn outside. Good thing the baby didn't die of exposure in that timeframe. So, if the baby ended up dying from being "thrown away" would that still be better than aborting it? Pro-Life people are a little ridiculous sometimes.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM in reply to anonymous
      Re-read the story. It wasn't throw away. You pro-abortion people sure hate a lot. Maybe that is why you don't mind killing babies.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM in reply to anonymous
      She did not throw this baby in a dumpster "like trash". The baby was left at a fire station which is the right way to do it. Not only that, a call was made to make sure the baby was found quickly and could get get the care it needed. This baby was not thrown out like the trash. The mother followed the law as we (society) have determined is the proper way to give up an infant.
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      by ANON on Apr 22, 2011 at 04:09 PM in reply to anonymous
      There is a Law on the books in the State of Florida that the parents can leave a newborn (7days old or less) at a hospital, fire station or police/sheriff's department without fear of being prosecuted. She/them did the right thing, it's better than throwing her in the dumpster or being abused to the point of death.
  • by Terri Location: Tallahassee on Apr 22, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    Finally someone willing to do the right thing for their baby. There will be hundreds people wanting to adopt that precious girl.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM in reply to Terri
      7,824 foster children in Florida are waiting to be adopted. http://www.nacac.org/policy/statefactsheets/FL.pdf
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        by chris on Apr 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM in reply to
        That's 7,824 mothers who should not have had sex if they weren't ready to raise a child.
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          by mary on Apr 22, 2011 at 08:32 PM in reply to chris
          chris you just wrote true words.i just wish it was not so hard for to adopt a child,the cost is so high.but the mother did do the right thing.but what about the child not knowing anything about who her blood family is.seem to me that if the mother really cared she would have left information for her child.
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          by it takes two on Apr 23, 2011 at 07:41 AM in reply to chris
          or conversly, 7,824 men who should have worn a condom. women don't get pregnant by themselves, at least not yet, yet it is thier fault there are so many kids in foster care?
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        by Hannah on Apr 23, 2011 at 07:06 AM in reply to
        And many of those thousands have already learned how to "play" the system. Sad, but too true. There should be a license to be a parent.
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on Apr 22, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    Okay all you "Right to Lifers", here's one to adopt. Who's first? You won this one, an unwanted child was born. Now what kind of a life will it have?
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      by Nikki on Apr 22, 2011 at 09:51 AM in reply to Bob
      Do not hate, she did the right thing and the baby will have a better life now, obviously the mother realized she could not provide for her child so she gave her up, WAY TO GO MOM
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      by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 09:59 AM in reply to Bob
      Seriously? There are scores of people lined up waiting to adopt a healthy baby. And to answer your second question, it will probably have a VERY good life with a loving mother and father of means, instead of being a burden to some single trailer living mother out there who neither really wants or can afford to provide a life of opportunity for the child. I don't really subscribe to miracles as some other posters have said, but this is pretty darned close. Don't hate so much Bob. It is unhealthy.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM in reply to
        "burden to some single trailer living mother out there who neither really wants or can afford to provide a life of opportunity for the child" You do not know anything about the mother, so where do you get this from. Maybe the mother just doesn't want a baby.
  • by A mother Location: Tallahassee on Apr 22, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    God bless this little girl, and God bless the mother for not having an abortion, and taking her to a safe haven so she can be adopted to a good loving family that will cherish her. She is a Easter miracle.
  • by LOL Location: Tallahassee on Apr 22, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    Hooray for the Mom for doing the right thing. I am so thankful for the safe haven law. I'm guessing the caller was the Mom. Who also cared enough to let them know what time and day the baby was born. I hope she is also able to get any counseling she may need.
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      by Ano on Apr 23, 2011 at 07:23 PM in reply to LOL
      Maybe after some counseling, the Mother might reconect with her child after the facts are out. So if you read this you might want to call and give them some info since you didn't commit any crime.. God bless you and the Baby..
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