Fire Chief praises woman for using Safe Haven Law

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) — A newborn baby was dropped off at the Croft Fire Department Wednesday afternoon.

Fire Chief Lewis Hayes praises the mom, saying she “did the right thing” by utilizing the state’s Safe Haven Law.

Hayes says the woman came to the door and asked if the department was a safe haven.

After she left, firefighters held and cared for the newborn until EMS arrived.

Hayes has seen a lot in his 29 years as a firefighter.  “Babies that we find left by the roadside or even worse,” he described.

He said this interaction, on Wednesday, brought hope instead of heartbreak.

He wants to share the story so that other women learn about the law.

“People need to know they can do this,” said Chief Hayes.

Each state has some law associated with the Safe Haven Act.  In South Carolina, it is called Daniel’s Law.

Under Daniel’s Law, a person cannot be prosecuted if they leave a baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee on duty at any hospital, emergency medical services provider, law enforcement agency, fire station or worship center.

“We’ll say our prayers for the baby — that it will be placed with a family that wants it and will be able to take care of it.  It could be someone’s blessing and prayers being answered,” Chief Hayes said.

In a release, the Spartanburg County Department of Social Services reported the baby is a girl, weighing 6 lbs.

Officials believe she was born Monday.

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