A baby boy who was just a few hours old was left at a church near Houston Wednesday morning, according to local fire officials.
Firefighters at the Houston Fire Department’s Station 63 received a knock on the door around 4:40 a.m. by a man with a newborn baby in his arms, KTRK-TV reported.
The man told the firefighters that the baby had initially been left at a church in Tidwell, with the umbilical cord still attached.
Around 4:48 am this morning a baby boy was dropped off at one of our fire stations. Firefighters from Station 63 say the baby was a newborn and was brought in by a male from a nearby church. HPD took custody of the baby. He was taken to Northeast Memorial for evaluation.
— Houston Fire Dept (@HoustonFire) September 5, 2018
The baby boy, who firefighters said appeared to be full-term, was transported to a local hospital by Houston police. Firefighters comforted him as they waited for first responders to arrive.
Authorities are now searching for the boy’s parents and the man who dropped him off at the fire station.
NEWBORN: A baby boy, just hours old, was dropped off at fire station 63 this morning. A man said the baby was dropped off at his church, so he brought it to the fire station. High Five to these heroes who comforted the baby. https://t.co/MHu9RsEVHV pic.twitter.com/atszQV2iEy
— Foti Kallergis (@FotiABC13) September 5, 2018
The man told fire officials that he was from the church but did not leave his name.
The case does not fall under Texas’ Safe Haven Law, since the baby was dropped off at a church and not a fire or EMS station or hospital. The church where the baby was allegedly first left is still unknown.