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Fire Stations Urged as Safe Haven for Babies

March 11, 2003|From Times Staff Reports

The grand jury recommended Monday that the county align itself with its neighbors and designate fire stations as a surrender point for unwanted babies.

Orange County has 137 fire stations but just 32 hospital emergency rooms -- the current safe haven for unwanted in- fants.

Last year, three babies were dropped off at hospitals in the county.

Under California law, newborns up to 3 days old can be surrendered, no questions asked, at state-designated emergency rooms and other county-designated areas.

Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties have designated fire stations as safe haven locations.

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