Fiftieth Newborn Safely Surrendered

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is happy to announce that a baby girl was safely surrendered in the City of Downey over the weekend.

The newborn Hispanic female was surrendered at Downey Regional Medical Center on Saturday, February 10 and is reported to be in good health.

As is standard practice, the baby girl is in protective custody and will eventually be placed with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.

I want to thank this newborn’s mother for doing the right thing, said Knabe. We have a law on the books to protect babies from abandonment and give the mother a safe, secure and anonymous way to get her child into safe hands. That’s exactly what happened this weekend.

This is the third Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2007 and the fiftieth Safe Surrender since the program began six years ago. The program was initiated by Supervisor Knabe and approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors in 2001.

It allows someone to surrender an infant that is no more than three days old, as long as the infant shows no signs of abuse.