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A mother who dropped her child off at fire station in southwest Houston overnight said she wasn't planning on leaving him there, but she didn't know where else to turn for help.

Corterra Payton told ABC13 Eyewitness News that she was desperate. After an overnight argument with her boyfriend, she left their apartment with her 11-month-old son, Duran.


"It's very hard, especially if you don't have an income at the moment," Payton said.

First, she called her family in Cleveland,Texas but they could not make it to Houston. Then, she tried a shelter but it was after midnight and they told her to come back in the morning.

By now it was past midnight and Payton feared what would happen if she pulled into a parking lot to sleep.

"We are going to be sleeping in the car, somebody going to come up with a gun, kill us, rob us," she said. "Either that or they will see me sleeping. A woman, guy, somebody will come by the car and say, 'Oh, she sleeping in the car with her baby, we fixing to call the police.'"



In the early morning hours, she made a decision no parent should have to make. Payton came to Fire Station 68, told firefighters her story, then left Duran in their care.

She says she is glad Station 68 firefighters opened their arms in her time of need.

"Thank you God! Because I know they have the law with firefighters the baby cant be over 60 days and they still took him, so I am thankful for that," Payton said.

She says she had no intention of leaving her son permanently, and an hour after returned. By then, HPD officers were on the scene.

Police made sure Payton and Duran were OK, then took them to a CPS facility for the rest of the night.

On Tuesday morning, Payton says her son will stay with her family until her new job provides a paycheck to get her back on her feet.

We called a 24-hour women's shelter and asked about what steps someone can take if they are in this situation. They recommend first, get to a safe place and call police. Officers have the addresses of emergency shelters and can get people help.

The Baby Moses Law refers to babies who are 60 days or younger. It states, "if you have a newborn that you're unable to care for, you can bring your baby to a designated safe place with no questions asked. The Safe Haven law, also known as the Baby Moses law, gives parents who are unable to care for their child a safe and legal choice to leave their infant with an employee at a designated safe place."

This includes a hospital, fire station, free-standing emergency centers or emergency medical services (EMS) station.
 
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shelters are the worst. I think sadistic people who like seeing other people in pain like to work at shelters so they can inflict their religious bullshit on people and to make themselves feel better by being cunt dicks to people who have nowhere else to go
 

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Smart woman, but she shouldn’t have had to go through that shit in the first place. This country needs to do a better job of helping vulnerable families.
They are so overcrowded and believe it or not it was a pain in the ass to find a shelter to take my service dog on the way to my parents. By law yes I know.. good luck with that.. people who have fears and allergies outweigh the training of a service animal and the well being of their owner.. Walmart parking lots have a multitude of regular overnighters.. park by a light in the middle of the lot and 9 times out of 10 it’s peaceful..
 

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I must not have saved the edit but I said the actual crime was the shelter turning the mother away.

She did the right thing by removing her child from a potentially violent situation and for that she was not given help by a system that is supposed to help abused women fleeing dangerous paramours.
 

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The shelter who turned her and her son away should've directed her to an alternative shelter or safe place to go vs. telling her to return in the morning. Sad.
@Babs try calling 8 to 10 and getting the same answer .. overcrowding in the shelters .. especially in the winter months is horrible .. and the few places you can get into that I read about warned about lice and bed bugs .. I opted for Walmart’s till I got to my parents w/kids and a service dog and a fish..
 

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