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Day-old baby left with Medina FD

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 May 2013 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – A one-day-old baby was handed over to Medina firefighters on Saturday as part of the state’s Safe Haven Law, which allows a parent to leave a baby, up to 30 days old, “with any responsible person at a suitable location in New York.”

The Medina Fire Department then took the baby to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

“It’s very, very rare,” Fire Chief Todd Zinkievich said about having a baby dropped off at the fire hall.

He praised firefighters on duty for accepting the baby, and following the parameters of the law.

“The guys absolutely did the right thing,” Zinkievich told the Village Board during tonight’s board meeting. “We’re not allowed to ask any questions.”

Mayor Andrew Meier said the baby’s mother also deserves praise for bringing the child to the fire hall.

“There were a lot of other choices the mother had,” he said.

Click here for a link about the state’s Safe Haven Law.