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More tips could help solve newborn's abandonment; Hospital, firefighters will accept unwanted newborns
Investigating the death of newborn child near North Bend, King County Sheriff’s Office needs the public's help in solving the case.
Deputies have not yet released the sex of the baby, who was named Kimball Doe due to the proximity of the Kimball Creek bridge where the infant was found, in a wooded area close to North Bend Way, last Wednesday, February 12.
Detectives said the tips they have received so far have been checked out and have been ruled out in this case.
They have also released a photo of a burping pad that was found with the baby hoping someone will recognize it.
If you have any information about this investigation please call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 or you can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
A flyer with photos of items found with the child is posted on the City of Snoqualmie website at www.cityofsnoqualmie.org.
Options for parents
In Washington there are other choices and options for the parents of newborns who are in a desperate situation.
The Safety of Newborn Children Law allows for babies under 72 hours old to be left with qualified personnel at hospital emergency departments, fire stations during hours of operations, and federally designated rural health care clinics. Police will not be called for infants less than 72 hours old
The Snoqualmie Fire Station and the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital both accept newborns less than 72 hours old to save the lives of unwanted newborns in danger of abandonment and to help preserve the health and future of their mothers.
Reach the Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 Snoqualmie Parkway, at 425-888-1551. Contact the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, 9575 Ethan Wade Way SE, at 425-831-2300
Snoqualmie Fire Chief Mark Correira understands that this is a very sensitive social issue. “Providing this service while protecting the anonymity of the mother and the well-being of the child is of utmost importance,” said Fire Chief Correira. “It is a form of public safety that protects one of our most vulnerable population groups, newborn children.”
More information about newborn safe havens and the Safety of Newborn Children law can be found at www.safeplacefornewbornswa.org orwww.dshs.wa.gov/ca/safety/sfAbandon.asp