Child Protective Services says a woman came forward Tuesday claiming to be the mother of the baby boy abandoned at a fire station on Monday.
CPS was investigating after the baby boy, who is believed to be four or five months old, was found abandoned outside of HFD Station 39 in northeast Harris County.
A DNA test was ordered for the woman, but CPS says she was able to provide documentation and photos.
She showed up Tuesday morning to an emergency custody hearing where CPS was granted custody of the baby.
No photos of the baby will be released.
It all started Monday morning when firefighters told Local 2 they were eating breakfast when they heard crying. They went to the garage and found a baby boy in a stroller that someone left inside the garage.
Firefighters said the boy looked healthy and chubby. They believe he is white or Hispanic.
"The baby was in good health, the baby was clean and the firefighters did their job," said Capt. Ruy Lozano, HFD's spokesman.
Lozano says the firefighters didn't do anything heroic, after discovering the baby they rushed him to LBJ Hospital to be checked out by doctors.
The station is a designated safe drop off site under the Baby Moses Law, which allows mothers to leave an infant up to 60 days old at a hospital or fire station, no questions asked.
"I'd rather have you bring it to a fire station than for us to make a call for a baby in a dumpster or another dangerous place, whoever did it showed courage," said Lozano.
However, according to CPS this case may not fall under the Baby Moses Law, because the child left at the fire station is older than 60 days old.
Residents living next door to the fire station say they don't know who the baby could have belonged to. In a neighborhood filled with children, they say it's difficult to imagine anyone giving up their child.
"If I had a baby I would take care of it. He or she didn't ask to be here," said Laquita Thomas.
Because the baby found appears to be older, a spokesperson with CPS said caseworkers are required by law to search for the baby's relatives.
Law enforcement could also decide to press charges against the person who dropped off the baby at the fire station.
"I haven't seen cases where parents are prosecuted," said Estella Olguin with CPS. "Perhaps in good faith they meant to do the right thing and take the baby to a safe spot."
No other details about the baby's age have been released.