Abandoned baby will remain in foster care
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Abandoned baby will remain in foster care

A baby slightly over 2 months old and abandoned two weeks ago inside a far southwest Houston post office will remain in foster care while CPS officials investigate his parents.

The boy was found in a car seat left on Oct. 22 in the lobby of the Westbrae Station on South Gessner Road.

During an emergency hearing the next day, Harris County Juvenile Court Judge Glenn Devlin ordered DNA tests on a man and woman who showed up to claim the baby as their own.

The results, announced during a hearing on Thursday, confirmed the couple as the infant's parents, according to Child Protective Services spokeswoman Estella Olguin. The next step will be home studies on relatives.

"The child will stay in foster care in the home where he is now living," she explained. "The parents will be allowed supervised visits."

According to testimony Thursday from a CPS supervisor who interviewed the mother, she left the child — who was born on Aug. 12 — at the post office because she "found herself desperate and didn't know what to do," Olguin said.

The state's "Baby Moses" law allows parents to avoid prosecution if they deliver unharmed infants up to 60 days old to personnel at hospitals, fire stations, EMS locations or other designated Safe Havens where immediate medical attention is available. Texas first enacted the law in 1999.

This boy's abandonment doesn't qualify as a "Baby Moses" surrender because he wasn't young enough. He also was not handed over at a designated location or to an individual.

Parents in crisis should call CPS at 800-252-5400 if they believe they can no longer care for a child. Private child-placing agencies will accept minors for voluntary and temporary foster care, placement with relatives or adoption.

Source:   Floridatoday
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