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Woman drops off newborn son at NW Side fire station

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A woman dropped off her newborn son at a Northwest Side fire station Thursday evening, and the decision is being lauded by a group that works to save abandoned infants.

The woman brought the baby to the fire station at 5345 N. Cumberland Ave. at 5:10 p.m., police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said.

The woman, thought to be in her 20s, told authorities she had given birth that morning but decided to turn him in at the fire station, Sullivan said.

The infant was taken to Presence Resurrection Medical Center in good condition, Sullivan said. The woman declined treatment.

"Thank goodness she used this safe option. Can you imagine how fast this little one would have frozen to death if left unattended in this weather?" Dawn Geras of the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation said in a statement.

"I am proud of this woman for making the decision she felt was best for her baby. I hope she has comfort in knowing that her baby will be loved and cherished by a family that is already preparing to take him home," the statement said.

Under the Illinois Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act, infants younger than 30 days old can be dropped off at any hospital, fire station, police station or emergency medical services provider in the state with no questions asked.

Statistics from the foundation show this was the 89th baby to be dropped off under the Safe Haven Law, while over that same period, 70 other babies were simply abandoned, Gera said. Of those, 36 died.

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