DAVIE (CBSMiami) – Davie Police say someone left a baby boy, believed to be between 4 and 8 months old, outside of a fire station in the town on Thursday afternoon.
Police say the child was left under a Safe Haven for Newborns sign. That law allows parents of a child 7 days old and younger to leave an infant at a safe place with no questions asked and no fear of prosecution.
However, Davie Police Sgt. Ed Smith said investigators do not plan to pursue criminal charges in this case. Rather, he said, they are offering compassion to the child’s caretaker.
“We don’t believe there was any criminal intent on behalf of the caretaker who left the child here, said Smith. “We just would like to be able to talk to them to get the child the best possible care that we can.”
Police said someone left the child at Fire Station 38 along Orange Drive just east of University Drive around 3:30 pm. Investigators say firefighters inside were alerted to the presence of a child outside the fire station, found the baby and took him to a hospital to be checked out.
“The doctors at the hospital were able to determine that he is completely healthy,” said Smith.
Police are not releasing many details about the conditions in which the baby was found, for instance whether he was clothed, swaddled or if there was any information left with him.
The Department of Children and Families is providing shelter for the child tonight.
It’s expected that there will be a court hearing regarding the child’s future on Friday.
If you have any information on the baby’s identity, please call the Davie Police Department of Crimestoppers at 954 493 TIPS.