Fire chief says woman who left twins at station did the right thing

PHEONIX, Illinois — Two babies are now in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The boys, believed to be twins, were left at a fire station in Pheonix, Illinois the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 31.

A young woman dropped off the boys, telling firefighters she just couldn't take care of them anymore. She gave the firefighters some information about the babies and left. That's when the firefighters called authorities.

The fire chief says his firefighters and the mother did the right thing.

"Too often we find and hear about kids being left on the side of the road, in dumpsters, a lot of other bad things that could have happened. So I'm proud of this young woman for what she did. I respect her decision and I'm glad to say the Safe Haven worked. It may not have been in the parameters of the law, but it worked," said Chief Mickil Smith.

Under the Illinois Safe Haven Law, parents are allowed to leave a child up to 30 days old at a police or fire station or hospital. The infants are believed to be between 6 and 12 months old.