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Published on May 23, 2024
Two Young Children Surrendered at Separate Fire Stations in Chicago Under Safe Haven Law

Two young children have been surrendered at separate fire stations in Woodlawn on the South Side of Chicago. A 9-month-old boy was first left at the Chicago Fire Department Engine 47 station, 432 E. Marquette Road, as reported yesterday by the Chicago Sun-Times. Officials immediately took action to ensure the boy's well-being.

The harrowing tale continued when a two-year-old child was similarly abandoned at another Woodlawn firehouse, located at 67th and Blackstone. Fire authorities are now caring for the toddler under the Safe Haven law, designed to safely and anonymously allow parents to surrender infants without fear of legal repercussions. This law usually applies to children under 30 days, but the fire authorities made an exception to ensure the child was taken quickly to receive care. The story was first brought to light by CBS Chicago, which also noted that there was no immediate information on the child's next steps.

The 9-month-old, who dropped off earlier, has since been hospitalized at Comer Children’s Hospital and is in good condition. The incident has sparked an investigation by detectives, though, as of now, there's no further information available regarding the circumstances that led to this outcome.