Woman comes forward claiming to be mother of baby left at fire station

August 13, 2013 3:44:29 PM PDT
A baby boy was found alone and crying in a stroller in a fire station garage on Monday, but on Tuesday a woman claiming to be his mother showed up at an emergency hearing.

The child was left just inside the garage doors that had been left open at Houston Fire Department Station 39 on Pickfair near Kelley in northeast Houston. The baby boy is estimated to be nine to ten months old, weighing nearly 21 pounds. He's believed to be Hispanic. He was wearing a red onesie or a T-shirt and sitting in a stroller. Someone had apparently walked through the station garage doors and left him in the stroller beside a picnic bench.

A woman claiming to be the child's mother showed up at an emergency custody hearing on Tuesday, according to Children's Protective Services. A judge ordered DNA testing. CPS says a caseworker accompanied the woman to her home, where she showed them photos and documentation that appear to support her claim.

CPS officials say the woman told the court she can't take care of the baby and wants to give up custody.

Authorities will contact the child's father and other relatives to see if a home can be found for him. If not, they'll move towards taking him into CPS custody.

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