HOUSTON - A baby is safe tonight after being abandoned by her mother, then left at a fire station.
A woman, who only wanted to be identified as Alysha, dropped the baby off when the child's mother never came back to get her.
Alysha said she and another woman ran into the baby's mother in the street around 3 a.m. Monday.
She said the mother asked them if they could take care of her 5-month-old daughter for the night.
"The word was that we would help the mom because she was supposedly trying to get money for the baby's diapers," Alysha said.
Alysha said she and the other woman agreed to give the mother a ride back to Cullen Inn Motel where mom and daughter had been staying. But when the group arrived, Alysha said she realized the baby had been left all alone.
"We took the baby for the night and told her to give us a call in the morning and she didn't," Alysha said.
Alysha said with the mother nowhere to be found Monday afternoon, she decided to take the baby to the Fire Station 35 in southeast Houston.
"I said the best thing was to take her to the fire station and get things on the ball and figure out where is this baby's mom. Where can she be?" said Alysha.
Fire officials say the baby was in good health when she dropped off.
Alysha said some medication left with the baby indicated her name is Lily.
Under the "Baby Moses Law" a child under 60 days old can be dropped off at a fire station without consequence, but Lily is 5 months old.
"This one doesn't quite qualify," said Cpt. Ruy Lozano with the Houston Fire Department. "But just because it doesn't qualify doesn't mean it's not the right thing to do."
Police are working to figure out where her mother is.
Meanwhile, CPS officials said Baby Lily will spend the night in foster care.
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