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Mother gives hours-old baby girl to California firefighters
CNN ^ | Christmas 2010-12-25 | CNN Wire Staff

Posted on 12/25/2010 7:18:20 PM PST by dayglored

(CNN) -- A 27-year-old mother surrendered her baby girl to firefighters in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve, authorities said Saturday.

She told firefighters at Fire Station 46 that the newborn was just six hours old. The firefighters accepted the girl, wrapping her in a blanket. She was healthy and did not appear to have been neglected or abused.

Firefighters named the newborn Noel, in honor of the Christmas holiday...

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: California
KEYWORDS: firefighters; motherhood; newborn; saved
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Here's a reluctant (or confused, or scared, or something) young mother who did NOT opt for an abortion but instead delivered a precious new life and gave it a better chance than it would have had with her.

I'm not praising her lack of parenting skills or will, just saying, here's a baby that was SAVED.

Good for California that they have a law that allows this:

In California, a parent or legal guardian can surrender a newborn at fire stations and hospital emergency rooms with no fear of arrest. The law is meant to protect infants from being hurt, neglected or killed.

1 posted on 12/25/2010 7:18:25 PM PST by dayglored
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To: dayglored

A Christmas miracle. I love it


2 posted on 12/25/2010 7:22:38 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: dayglored

Absolutely.


3 posted on 12/25/2010 7:24:09 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (I'd open it myself but I don't have any thumbs.)
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To: dayglored

well said.


4 posted on 12/25/2010 7:25:04 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: dayglored

Thank you Dear Lady for choosing life and giving your little girl a great gift.
A loving home with a family that will adore her.

May your baby know that you are her hero. Not someone who “abandoned” her, but unselfishly gave her away to save your life.


5 posted on 12/25/2010 7:25:16 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: al baby

They should name her.... Kris Smith. Thanks fellas... firefighters are the best.


6 posted on 12/25/2010 7:25:36 PM PST by BigFinn (isa 32:8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.)
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To: al baby
> A Christmas miracle. I love it

Yep, that was my reaction too.

7 posted on 12/25/2010 7:26:55 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Thank you, Lord. (once again)


8 posted on 12/25/2010 7:27:19 PM PST by txhurl (This Is Not America.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Thank you, Lord. (once again)


9 posted on 12/25/2010 7:27:25 PM PST by txhurl (This Is Not America.)
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To: dayglored

Good that it’s a national news story. There will be no shortage of adoptive parents who will wish to take the baby into their hearts and their homes. Were all abandoned and neglected children so lucky.


10 posted on 12/25/2010 7:27:41 PM PST by twister881
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To: dayglored

Praise the Lord for this law in California. California may have a lot of problems and abortion may be legal but they have realized that a life, any life, is important and valuable.


11 posted on 12/25/2010 7:27:49 PM PST by seawolf101
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To: dayglored

We have that in MA also,it’s called Safe Haven.

A wonderful thing that I assumed was nationwide.


12 posted on 12/25/2010 7:28:13 PM PST by Mears
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To: netmilsmom
> Thank you Dear Lady for choosing life and giving your little girl a great gift. A loving home with a family that will adore her. May your baby know that you are her hero. Not someone who “abandoned” her, but unselfishly gave her away to save your life.

I share your sentiment. Sort of an impromptu way to "give a baby up for adoption", but so much better than most of the alternative scenarios.

I also hope that the little girl comes to understand why her mother gave her up. That will be hard, but may God grant her the ability to deal.

13 posted on 12/25/2010 7:30:00 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: txhurl; Past Your Eyes
Deserves to be said yet again.

> Thank you, Lord. (once again)

Thank you, Lord!

14 posted on 12/25/2010 7:31:41 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored
Here's a reluctant (or confused, or scared, or something) young mother who did NOT opt for an abortion but instead delivered a precious new life and gave it a better chance than it would have had with her.

I'm not praising her lack of parenting skills or will, just saying, here's a baby that was SAVED.

In a nutshell, there's your alternative to the abortion and single-parent plague: adoption and orphanages. Funny how an old discredited institution becomes seen in a better light when we land in the fire.

15 posted on 12/25/2010 7:34:25 PM PST by danielmryan
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To: dayglored

We have that law in Texas.


16 posted on 12/25/2010 7:34:50 PM PST by lonestar
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To: Mears
> We have that in MA also,it’s called Safe Haven. A wonderful thing that I assumed was nationwide.

It's not federal, but per-state. However, as of 2008, all 50 States have enacted some form of Safe Haven law.

Thank you for mentioning that, since I didn't realize that all 50 States now had it. Nebraska and Alaska were the most recent to enact something.

More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safe-haven_law

17 posted on 12/25/2010 7:36:32 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

As the father of two grown children, a son and daughter, I cannot fathom giving up my infant child but I am thankful that this young woman did just that so that this little baby can have a real chance at life.


18 posted on 12/25/2010 7:37:32 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: BigFinn
> They should name her.... Kris Smith

I didn't get that, until I said it out loud, LOL! Excellent!

19 posted on 12/25/2010 7:40:37 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

Is she a U.S. citizen or a Mexican citizen?


20 posted on 12/25/2010 7:44:05 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Inyo-Mono
> As the father of two grown children, a son and daughter, I cannot fathom giving up my infant child but I am thankful that this young woman did just that so that this little baby can have a real chance at life.

Yes, exactly. My darling daughter is now 17, and after she was born I held her and sang to her and carried her (yes, and changed her diapers, cleaned up her messes, and rocked her in my arms when she cried at night). I can't even begin to imagine giving her up as an infant.

But then again, my circumstances were presumably mightily different from the mother in the news story.

21 posted on 12/25/2010 7:44:37 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

where’s the father in all this? Studies have shown that babies are routinely adopted out while the father is desparately trying to track down his infant from what little (or no) information the mother provides.

They are also sent to foster homes like my hubby’s psychotic ex wife who has no business with children of her own (horrendous permissive non-parent) let alone other foster children.


22 posted on 12/25/2010 7:45:37 PM PST by AbolishCSEU (Percentage of Income in CS is inversely proportionate to Mother's parenting of children)
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To: dayglored

The System Worked. Thank God.


23 posted on 12/25/2010 7:46:32 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Texas Fossil
> Is she a U.S. citizen or a Mexican citizen?

Doesn't say in the story. It's Los Angeles, California... she could be a space alien. ;-)

I don't know if the Safe Haven law in CA makes a distinction.

24 posted on 12/25/2010 7:46:56 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

I so agree!


25 posted on 12/25/2010 7:47:42 PM PST by bannie (( ))
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To: Mears
A wonderful thing that I assumed was nationwide

We have it here in Ohio. Drop off at any police station, fire station and emergency room, no questions asked.

26 posted on 12/25/2010 7:48:56 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: AbolishCSEU
> where’s the father in all this?

Lots of possibilities, but these pop into mind immediately:

> Studies have shown that babies are routinely adopted out while the father is desparately trying to track down his infant from what little (or no) information the mother provides.

Yes, quite so. One hopes that if the father was sufficiently concerned, he would have been around at the birth six hours prior. It's unlikely that the father in this case is so concerned, but I grant the possibility that the young mother had an agenda.

27 posted on 12/25/2010 7:53:08 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: buccaneer81

“We have it here in Ohio. Drop off at any police station, fire station and emergency room, no questions asked.”

Glad the baby is safe, but really no questions? how do they do know if the baby is even the persons who dropped it off?


28 posted on 12/25/2010 7:59:58 PM PST by acw011 (Great Goooogly Mooogly!)
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To: dayglored

So many of these stories of unwanted newborns end in tragedy, it is truly heartwarming to hear of one who will at least have a chance in this world.

Thank you for posting this!


29 posted on 12/25/2010 8:11:16 PM PST by DemforBush (I got three passports, a couple of visas. You don't even know my real name..)
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To: acw011
how do they do know if the baby is even the persons who dropped it off?

One would think that law enforcement would check for missing children, etc. The whole idea of anonymity is to encourage people to drop off babies rather than do something they would later regret.

30 posted on 12/25/2010 8:12:29 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: dayglored
Well spoken, I rejoice when someone chooses life.
31 posted on 12/25/2010 8:16:04 PM PST by dog breath
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To: dayglored

>> Good for California that they have a law that allows this:

It may also encourage women to carry out the pregnancy instead of seeking abortion.


32 posted on 12/25/2010 8:18:17 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: twister881
My wife used to take our first son around to schools when he was 3-4 years old and tell the girls about how we adopted him, how we stay in touch with his birth mother, exchange pictures with her and someday hoped we could get him and her to visit (this has since happened).

The comments she got every time is that they had thought putting a baby up for adoption was far more cruel than abortion. But when they saw how happy our son was, how much love we gave him, and saw some of the letters from his birth-mom (without any identifying information) they changed their attitudes.

gitmo

33 posted on 12/25/2010 8:29:50 PM PST by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: Inyo-Mono
As the father of two grown children, a son and daughter, I cannot fathom giving up my infant child but I am thankful that this young woman did just that so that this little baby can have a real chance at life.

I understand your sentiment. A single mother who is unprepared is facing a daunting challenge, and giving the baby to loving adoptive parents is an act of sacrificial love.

34 posted on 12/25/2010 8:34:12 PM PST by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: AbolishCSEU
where’s the father in all this? Studies have shown that babies are routinely adopted out while the father is desparately trying to track down his infant from what little (or no) information the mother provides.

What studies are these? In most states the adoption has to be advertised in the newspapers with adequate information to help an unidentified father track it down. Also, if the father is known, he has to consent to the adoption or at least decline to contest it.

35 posted on 12/25/2010 8:37:26 PM PST by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: dayglored
Thank God! Don't tell Planned Parenthood, it might spoil their "holiday"!
36 posted on 12/25/2010 8:44:20 PM PST by Wile E Coyote Genius (IQ 207....more than all Democrats combined)
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To: twister881

If it gets the public further interested in the matter, it won’t be in vain.


37 posted on 12/25/2010 8:58:52 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Texas Fossil
Is she a U.S. citizen or a Mexican citizen?

I'm a rabid anti illegal immigration person. In this type of case, I really don't care. The fact that Noel is a newborn, and not some victim of infanticide is enough reason for me to happily welcome her as a beautiful new American citizen.
38 posted on 12/25/2010 8:59:49 PM PST by Tailback
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To: Tailback; dayglored

The issue of citizenship at birth should be determined by the alliegance of the parents that will raise the child.

The problem with both citizenship at birth and illegal immigration is a problem of loyalty or alliegance. Until recent times new immigrants came to the U.S. for our opportunity to succeed that did not exist where they came from . For religious freedom, for honest laws and for the right to be allowed to lead their lives without a dictatorial state.

In recent times the magnet that drew both illegal and legal immigrants has become economic only. In many cases “government support” only, which is distructive.

The best example I have ever read:

“Born American, But in the Wrong Place” by Peter W. Schramm

http://www.claremont.org/publications/pubid.5/pub_detail.asp


39 posted on 12/25/2010 9:34:57 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: AbolishCSEU
They are also sent to foster homes like my hubby’s psychotic ex wife who has no business with children of her own (horrendous permissive non-parent) let alone other foster children.

this new born baby will likely be adopted out and will not grow up in foster care... we adopted our two sons from "the county system" in California... i highly recommend it to anyone who wants to adopt but does not have thousands of dollars to do so...

40 posted on 12/25/2010 9:42:45 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Texas Fossil
Wet Cuban feet/dry feet = US Citizen. Born here = US citizen from any country, I think. We are a generous nation.
41 posted on 12/25/2010 9:48:31 PM PST by Bronzy (We Remembered In November.)
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To: Texas Fossil

I completely understand the alliegance aspect of your post. This girl will likely be put up for adoption. There is a very high chance that she will end up with a wealthy childless couple that will take care of the assimilation aspect. It is unlikely that an illegal immigrant is giving her up since it would economically benefit an illegal to keep the baby and claim state benefits.


42 posted on 12/25/2010 9:50:35 PM PST by Tailback
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To: dayglored
My daughter was abandoned at a Police station in China. It is illegal to give your child up for adoption in China, or at least it was then. She's such a joy, very caring great kid! She tells everyone that her birth mother in China was brave enough to leave her at a police station so that she could have a better life, and that her parents, mom and dad ( my husband and I) chose her when we didn't have to. She's very well adjusted, although who knows, there could be future issues we'll have to work through. She's also only 9 but knowing her past has also made her one of the most patriotic Americans I know. Her teacher said “so you're Chinese-American” , “ She said I'm an American who was born in China but I'm just a plain old American girl. I'm not communist.” She also told her teacher last year, who loved Obama , “ I wish Reagan was President, have you ever seen him on YouTube ?” The teacher seemed “concerned”. Her teacher this year is more conservative and we share stories of things she has said that crack us up.
43 posted on 12/25/2010 10:43:30 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: MacMattico
What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing it! I'm sure your daughter is wonderful -- she sounds very bright, independent, and thoughtful too! I remember when my daughter was 9, and she was similarly sharp and forthright about herself and her beliefs. I'm sure your daughter is, and will remain, a credit to you and your husband, and your choice in adopting her.

May God Bless you and your family, now at Christmas, and in the future!

44 posted on 12/25/2010 10:58:59 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: MacMattico

God bless you and your little girl.


45 posted on 12/25/2010 10:59:41 PM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont; dayglored

Thank you both for your kind words, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!


46 posted on 12/26/2010 1:27:28 AM PST by MacMattico
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To: seawolf101

Fantastic story! She deserved a life as much as I did.


47 posted on 12/26/2010 1:56:12 AM PST by DooDahhhh (hH)
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To: Texas Fossil

She’s a US citizen now.


48 posted on 12/26/2010 4:55:52 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (I'd open it myself but I don't have any thumbs.)
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To: Bronzy

You are correct that is the law. But the problem with the law as it is “interpreted” is an issue of allegiance. That is the issue.

A nation the allows those who have allegiance to a foreign country to vote will eventually commit suicide.


49 posted on 12/26/2010 6:04:35 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Yes, I understand that the child is now a citizen.

My question was about the mother and her motive for giving up the child.

If a Mexican National mother gave up her child for adoption at birth, as “Tailback” earlier stated she will probably wind up in a childless but wealth family here. Good for the child, the adoptive parents and probably good for the nation.

For the nation (U.S.) the issue is still maintaining the allegiance of the citizens.


50 posted on 12/26/2010 6:22:39 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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