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Hours-Old Newborn Left Outside Fire Station

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A baby girl was dropped off outside a fire station in Nashville. (File photo by JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

A baby girl was dropped off outside a fire station in Nashville. (File photo by JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBS Atlanta) – Firefighters in Nashville got a shock after the heard a knock late at night at the station house door.

When they opened the door, no one was there. So they got a flashlight to look around; a baby’s toes were poking out from under a blanket in a basket

There was no note left with the baby girl on their doorsteps, no sign of who might have left her.

The firefighters took the girl inside and and named her Holly after the historic Holly Street firehouse where they serve.

Holly was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she was declared to be healthy and uninjured.

She was turned over to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, which is now trying to locate the parents.

Tennessee has a Safe Haven law which protects mothers from criminal prosecution if the drop off their newborns at a designated location within 72 hours of birth, provided there are no signs the baby was abused.

A DCS spokesman told WKRN-TV they want the mother to come forward so they can learn about the baby’s medical history and see if the parents are in need of assistance themselves.

If the mother is not found within 30 days the infant will be put into foster care.

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