A newborn girl was turned into a Pomona hospital today as part of Los Angeles County’s Safe Surrender Program.
The infant was brought in by her mother, who had concealed her pregnancy and called ahead to the hospital to inquire about surrendering a baby, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe’s office.
The baby is in protective custody and will be placed with a family by the Department of Children and Family Services.
“The Safe Surrender program was created to give a mother, no matter what the situation, a safe, secure and anonymous way to get her child into safe hands and to protect a baby from abandonment,” Knabe said. “Thanks to the Safe Surrender program, this baby girl has a second chance at life and hope for a bright future.”
This is the third surrender in 2012. In Los Angeles County, infants who are no more than 72 hours old and who do not show any signs of abuse may be turned into hospital emergency rooms and fire stations.