CAÑON CITY, Colo. — Police in Cañon City responded to a hospital Tuesday morning just after 8:30 a.m., after receiving a report that an infant had been dropped off at Cañon City Fire Station 1 at 1475 15th Street.
Police say the infant was left at the station by a juvenile, male parent, and shortly after, was taken to the hospital. The baby is said to be in good health and is now in the custody of the Fremont County Department of Human Services under the Colorado Safe Haven Law.
Cañon City Police say no criminal activity was involved in today’s infant surrender.
The Colorado Safe Haven Laws were enacted in 2000. The law permits parents to surrender anonymously their newborn not older than three days to personnel at a fire station or hospital. Safe haven laws aim to provide mothers in crisis a safe place to surrender their unwanted newborn.
Nationally, Safe Haven Laws date back to 1999 and, although no federally mandated reporting requirement currently exists, the National Safe Haven Alliance can provide unofficial relinquishment statistics (last updated in 2018):
Total Safe Haven relinquishments since 1999: 4015
Illegal abandonments: 1465
Safe Haven relinquishments for 2018: 223
Illegal abandonments: 41
Parents in crisis, who need immediate help, can call 1-888-510-BABY (2229) for information on Safe Haven Laws, as well as where the nearest hospital is located.