A young woman gave up her newborn boy at a Nestor-area fire station today, telling firefighters she could not care for the child.
The mother, who appeared to be in her late teens or early 20s, brought the apparently healthy infant to San Diego Fire Station 30 on Coronado Avenue about 1:15 a.m., according to fire department spokesman Maurice Luque.
“She said, `I can’t take care of this baby,’” Luque said. “She did the right thing. She’s not in trouble, and if she changes her mind and wants to get the baby back, she has three days to do it.”
Medics took the newborn to Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista for an examination and general postnatal care.
It was the first time someone in San Diego took advantage of a 10-year-old state law that allows new mothers who want to give up their children to drop them off at hospitals and fire stations with no questions asked, according to Luque. Under the statute, women have 72 hours to reclaim their babies if they have a change of heart.