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Dead newborn baby found in duffel bag in snow outside Chicago Fire Station

through: Rob Snow, Melissa Spain, Nextstar MediaWire

Posted: Jan 18, 2022 / 11:03 am ESTUpdated: January 18, 2022 / 11:03 am EST

CHICAGO (WGN) — A newborn boy was found dead in a duffel bag outside a Chicago fire station early Saturday morning, officials said. The bag was found covered in snow in front of a fire station. According to the fire brigade, emergency services who cleared the sidewalk from the snow found the bag underneath.

At 5 a.m. when the baby was found, the temperature was about 22 degrees.

Officials asked anyone in the area who might have surveillance footage of a person with a duffel bag early Saturday morning to contact police so they can help those individuals.

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Later in the day, the Chicago Fire Department tweeted a reminder of Illinois’ Safe Haven Act, which aims to prevent such things from happening.

“Illinois’ Safe Haven Act is a safe path for parents making the difficult decision to put up a newborn for adoption,” the department wrote. “Handing over a newborn to a firefighter or paramedic right at a fire station can help ensure the safest outcome. No questions asked and no judgment made.”

The Illinois Safe Haven Act allows parents to bring an unharmed baby up to 30 days of age to a hospital, fire station, police station, or emergency room attendant without questions asked.

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“You don’t have to answer any questions. They are promised anonymity (and) the baby will be placed in an adoption home,” said Dawn Geras, founder of the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation.

For more information about the Services, call 1-888-510-2229 or visit saveabandonedbabies.org.

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