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Four-hour-old infant left at Pahokee fire station

PAHOKEE, FL (WFLX) - A woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy, and immediately handed him over to firefighters at a Pahokee fire station under the Safe Haven Law.

Update, TUE 10 PM: The woman, who dropped off her infant, has 30 days to change her mind.

The 33-year-old woman didn't say much when she left her 4-hour-old baby at Pahokee Fire Station 72 Monday.

Under Florida law, parents can drop off a newborn with an EMS, a hospital employee or at a fire station until the baby is 7-days old. They have no obligation to give their name or any details.

The baby boy is still in the hospital in Belle Glade.

If the mother doesn't want him, he'll go to a private adoption agency.

The state has already received calls from people wanting to adopt the child.

Previously: According to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, the 33-year-old woman showed up at Fire Station 72 only four hours after the boy's birth.

It is legal to leave a child less than seven days old at a Safe Haven location under state law. The law was enacted to prevent new mothers from harming an unwanted newborn or leaving the child in a dumpster.

Since 2000, 10 babies have been left at a Safe Haven in Palm Beach County.

According to fire-rescue, the woman was remorseful. She said she had given birth at home.

Under the Safe Haven Law, mothers can drop off a baby no questions asked and are not required to leave their name.

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