Police identify parents of baby dropped off at Davie fire station

01/24/2014 2:57 PM

01/24/2014 5:31 PM

Police on Friday afternoon identified the parents of a baby boy who was left at a Davie fire station the previous day.

“The father contacted the police department,” said Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle.

Even though the 6-to-9-month-old baby was left under a “Safe Haven” sign on Thursday afternoon, he does not fall under Florida’s Safe Haven law, which allows anyone with an unharmed baby -- 7 days old or younger -- to leave the child at a facility such as a fire station without facing criminal charges.

Engle said authorities do not expect to bring any charges against the parents.

The investigation is ongoing, but “until the parents petition the court, the child will remain in custody with child services,” Engle said.

The baby is healthy and there are “no signs of abuse,” Engle said. He was found in a stroller accompanied by clean clothes.

In an effort to reach out to the parents, police circulated a picture of the infant on Friday morning. They don’t believe there was criminal intent.

“We need to speak to the parents to see if there is any medical history,” Engle said. “We’d like to know what the circumstances are.”

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