Infant Left at Davie Fire Station

Police are seeking information on baby boy left at fire station

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    Police identified the parents of an infant that was left at a Davie fire station Thursday. The father has problems with substance abuse and the mother is in jail, police said. NBC 6's Ari Odzer has the story. (Published Friday, Jan 24, 2014)

    Police have identified the parents of an infant left at a Davie fire station Thursday.

    The 6- to 9-month-old baby boy was found around 3:30 p.m. at the Safe Haven drop off at the fire station at 6901 Orange Drive, Davie Police spokesman Capt. Dale Engle said.

    The father, who has substance abuse problems, has come forward and the mother is in jail, but officials are not releasing their names, according to Engle.

    "The child was left with clothes, he was left in the stroller," Engle said. "It's apparent that he was well-fed, there doesn't appear to be any issues with the child."

    The baby was initially taken to a nearby hospital where it was found to be in good health, Engle said. At a court hearing Friday afternoon, a judge ordered that the child be placed in the Department of Children and Families' custody until his family's issues are sorted out.

    "Since the child is outside the age range where normal Safe Haven applies, that means an investigation will take place," said Paige Patterson-Hughes of DCF.

    Florida's Safe Haven law allows for babies to be left at hospitals or fire stations within seven days of birth. According to Safe Haven, 21 babies have been left in Florida since 2013.

    There does not appear to be any criminal intent but police still would like to get more information about the child, Engle said.

    "It appears to be a very touchy situation. I mean, these people are not able to care for the child for whatever reason and the police department would like to make sure that the child is cared for properly," Engle said. "There are resources through the state that can facilitate that care."

    Anyone with information about the baby boy is asked to call the Davie Police Department at 954-693-8200 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.