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Newborn left at L.A. hospital is 99th under 'safe surrender' program

October 30, 2012 |  4:39 pm

A newborn girl has been left at a Los Angeles hospital, the county's 10th "safe surrender" of the year, county Supervisor Don Knabe said Tuesday.

The infant was placed in protective custody and will be eligible for adoption by a family approved by the Department of Children and Family Services, Knabe said.

Formed 11 years ago, the county's safe surrender program allows someone to surrender an infant no more than 3 days old to a fire station or hospital. As long as the baby shows no signs of abuse, there is no risk of prosecution.

Monday's surrender marked the county's 99th since the beginning of the program, Knabe said.

"Thanks to the Safe Surrender program, this baby has a second chance at life and hope for bright a future," the supervisor said in a statement. "I’m thankful that this mother decided to surrender her baby, rather than put her in a harmful situation."

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