Florida Teen Takes Baby to Fire Station

A 17-year-old dropped off her 8-month-old baby at an Orange County fire station on Wednesday.


APOPKA, Fla. --

A 17-year-old who dropped off her 8-month-old baby at an Orange County fire station on Wednesday, saying she is homeless and can no longer care for the child, may face charges, according to officials.

The teen, whose name was not released, dropped the child off at Orange County Fire Rescue station 27 at 4:22 a.m. and told firefighters that she was thrown out of her home this week.

The baby was in good health, well fed, and was wearing clean clothing, according to officials. The mother also provided firefighters with baby food and diapers, officials said.

The child is in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, who said they will attempt to assist the mother.

Florida's Safe Haven Law allows parents to drop off a newborn baby up to three days old at any staffed fire station or hospital, no questions asked. Orange County Fire Rescue also participates in the national Safe Place program, which allows any youth who is in trouble to seek refuge at an Orange County fire station.

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