Child Protective Services confirmed a clean bill of health Monday on the day-old little boy who was unexpectedly dropped off at a fire station just after midnight Saturday. CPS staff named him Noah Jax Henderson. It was a rare use of the state's Safe Haven law.
That law, also known as a Baby Moses law allows a parent to drop off a baby with no questions asked at a fire station or other safe haven identified with a state-mandated yellow sign. the child must be less than two months old and show no signs of abuse.
Three fire fighters got back from a call Saturday morning and just as they were laying down to sleep they heard a knock at the door. Fire fighter Roger Crues said the fire station doesn't get very many visitors after midnight.
"We opened up the door and there was a lady standing there about where you are," he said pointing to the sidewalk leading to the door. "She said 'I'd like to turn my baby in to the safe house' and pretty much handed him to us and turned around and walked off."
From there Crues and his fellow fire fighters called Kilgore Police and then drove the 1-day-old little boy to the emergency room down the street. At the hospital doctors figured out he was healthy and, just as important, drug free.
"It is exceedingly rare," Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Spokesperson Shari Pulliam said. "But what a courageous thing for this person to do. I mean they knew they could not take care of this child and they did the right thing."
"I wanted to ask her 'Are you sure?' and all that kind of stuff. But you can't do it," Crues said, adding that he was surprised how difficult complying with the "no questions asked" portion of the law turned out to be. "Just wanting to do whatever it takes to take care of this baby and make sure you get it to the proper authorities so it can have a chance at a life."
The little boy was released from he hospital and into foster care Monday night.
CPS emphasized that cases like this allow parents to stay completely anonymous. Even the fire fighters have no idea who the mother was.