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Mother surrenders newborn son to Pasadena hospital

A mother handed over her newborn son to a Pasadena hospital Tuesday, the first child in 2012 to be turned over as part of the Safe Surrender program.

The mother called paramedics to surrender the baby to Huntington Memorial Hospital after giving birth at home, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe's office.

The infant is in protective custody and will be placed with a family through the county Department of Children and Family Services, the Pasadena Sun reported.

Knabe said in statement the program was created "to give a mother, no matter what the situation, a safe, secure and anonymous way to get her child into safe hands and to protect a baby from abandonment."

The boy, Knabe said, now has "a second chance at life and hope for a bright future."

The boy is the 89th infant to be surrendered in L.A. County under the program since it began 10 years ago, according Knabe's office.


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