They Don’t Belong in a Dumpster!
Safe Baby Site Project (The Baby Moses Law)
They don’t belong in a dumpster. There is help. Learn more about the Baby Moses Law and how to protect our most vulnerable citizens…our children. My there never be another “(Angel) Baby Doe” in Johnson County.
The Baby Moses Project
Many people just can’t imagine that anyone would ever abandon a baby in Johnson County but it happens. Sadly, we have had babies die because they were abandoned and not found in time. The Baby Moses Law provides a means for those who find themselves unable or unprepared to parent, to leave their baby where they will be loved and cared for. The parent will not face prosecution if the baby is delivered safely into the arms of a firefighter, EMT, or hospital personnel. Please help us get the word out that no baby has to die in Johnson County from abuse or abandonment. There are Safe Baby Sites all over the county that are prepared to meet the needs of any newborn child turned over at the site. There are many people that care and are ready to help!
What is the Baby Moses Law?
The Baby Moses Law has been in place since 1999, but there were insufficient funds available to educate the general public about the law. The Baby Moses Law provides a responsible alternative to parents who might otherwise abandon, neglect or harm a newborn child. The law states that a parent may leave an unharmed infant up to sixty days old in the arms of a hospital personnel, firefighters or designated Emergency Medical Service Provider with no questions asked and no penalty to the parent. Texas State Law 262.301 and 262.302.
The Need for This Project
The Baby Moses Law was passed in Texas because of the growing concern about the number of abandoned infants. It is estimated that each month two infants are abandoned in life-threatening situations in Texas and approximately 25% of all abandoned babies do not survive.
Safe Baby Site Locations
In Johnson County, our designated sites are all 24-hour manned fire stations, Care Flite of Johnson County Mobile Units (Ambulances), Huguley Memorial Medical Center and Walls Regional Hospital.
Babies cannot be dropped off at a fire station that is not manned. Volunteer departments are typically not manned 24-hours a day. There may be no one there to find and care for the baby. The goal of this law is to have parents place the child into the arms of someone capable of caring for the child and providing medical attention if needed.
If parents deliver a child into the hands of a person at a designated site there will be no question asked. Parents will be given a very short medical history profile to fill out on the baby for medical reasons only.
Safe Baby Sites in Johnson County
Alvarado Fire Department: 205 S Friou Street, Alvarado, TX. 76009
Burleson Fire Department: 828 SW Alsbury Boulevard, Burleson, TX. 76028, 620 Memorial Plaza, Burleson, TX. 76028
Cleburne Fire Department: 801 E Henderson Street, Cleburne, TX. 76033, 806 S. Nolan River Road, Cleburne, TX. 76033, 901 Kilpatrick, Cleburne, TX. 76033
Texas Health Huguley Hospital: 11801 South FWY, Burleson, TX. 76028
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital: 201 Walls Dr, Cleburne, TX. 76033
Care Flight of Johnson County: Mobile Units (Ambulances)
Look for the Safe Baby Site signs. Please don’t leave a baby in a place where they might not be found or at an entrance where there is not a sign posted.
“Our Mission is to provide each child who has suffered abuse with Justice, Hope and Healing”.
This message is brought to you by the Johnson County Children’s Advocacy
910 N. Granbury Street, Cleburne, TX. 76033