Newborn surrendered to DCS at Vanderbilt hospital

(Photo: WKRN)

A newborn baby was surrendered to the Department of Children’s Services recently.

News 2 learned the mother called for an ambulance after the baby was born at home August 30.

They were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where the mother later surrendered the infant.

Carrie Weir with DCS told News 2 the infant is a perfectly healthy, “really beautiful” baby girl.

The newborn was released from the hospital Tuesday and is at home in the care of foster parents.

This is the second child surrendered under the Safe Haven law this week. Last Wednesday, a newborn was let outside of an east Nashville fire hall.

Under the state’s Safe Haven law, which went into effect in 2001, as long as the baby is unharmed and the mother acts within 72 hours of birth, she will not be prosecuted and is assured complete confidentiality.

According to Secret Safe Place of Tennessee, there are 39 drop-off locations in Davidson County.

DCS spokesperson Rob Johnson told News 2 last week that birth parents have 30 days to contact DCS if they want to start the process of getting their baby back.

After 30 days, the state starts the process of terminating parental rights. That process could take up to 90 days.

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