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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-483

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 29, 2018
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Abandoned Baby

    Florida Statue 383.50 allows for the anonymous surrender of newborn infant children under 7 days old to a hospital without question.
    • Thursday
    • May 24, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County


    The mother and child in this case have been identified. After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that child was never abandoned nor placed on the ground near a trash can. The mother and the original complainant drove the baby directly to the hospital. No charges are pending in this matter.

    This has become a Florida Safe Haven case and therefore the amount of information that we can or will release is limited by law. The baby is currently in critical, but stable condition and is in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Family Services.

    HCSO would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that absent any abuse to the child, Florida Statue 383.50 allows for the anonymous surrender of newborn infant children under 7 days old to a hospital, an emergency medical services station or a fire station without question. This law is often referred to as the Florida Safe Haven Law.

    It is our hope that in the name of protecting children and their welfare, more mothers faced with this difficult choice invoke the parameters and protections of the Florida Safe Haven Law.


    Previous News Release:

    Around 5:30 p.m. this evening, a witness discovered a newborn baby abandoned near the intersection of 18th Street and 143rd Avenue. The baby was transported to a local area hospital and is being evaluated by medical professionals. HCSO Detectives are looking for help with any information that my help identify the child or the parents. 

    Anyone with information in reference to this incident or the identity of the individuals involved is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. You may also send an anonymous tip from a smart phone using HCSOSheriff app available on both android and apple products.


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