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Don't Throw Your Baby in the Garbage

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Too often we read tragic tales of despondent new parents who, in a moment of fear and despair, dispose of their newborn infant.

Los Angeles has a program to rescue these unwanted babies. Parents can go to any fire station in LA and hand over the infant. The fireman will put an identifying band around the baby's wrist and another around the mother's wrist in case the mother has a change of heart, but other than that no questions will be asked.

LAist interviewed Capt. Mike Castillo, of the Echo Park fire station, who explained the details.

More information about Safe Surrender sites is available here or you can call 877-BABY SAFE (877-222-9723).

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