SAN ANTONIO -- A baby was found dead outside a fire station on San Antonio's west side early Wednesday morning.
The baby girl, identified as Jada De La Rosa by San Antonio police, was found in a car seat at about 7 a.m. by firefighters during a shift change at Fire Station No. 10, on Culebra Road, said San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood. It was not immediately clear if Jada De La Rosa was dead before she was dropped off, he said.
The child's father, identified as 18-year-old Ramiro De La Rosa, was arrested about 6:35 p.m. at the family's home on the 1800 block of North Navidad Street after a neighbor contacted police, said SAPD Officer Matt Porter. De La Rosa has been charged with causing injury to a child, but those charges could later be upgraded pending the medical examiner's investigation, Porter said.
Prior to De La Rosa's arrest, a man claiming to be the child's father left a note for the media outside his door stating Jada was alive when she was dropped off at the fire station.
The child's mother, a 16-year-old who has not been identified, is being questioned. She has not been charged.
The child, previously identified by SAPD as 10-week-old Erica Laura Hernandez in a midday news release, was later identified by SAPD spokeswoman Sandy Gutierrez as Jada De La Rosa
. Porter said the child was 2 months old
during an evening briefing.
The age distinction is important because the Baby Moses law allows children 60 days or younger to be dropped off at a safe haven station without criminal prosecution. Hood said for the Baby Moses act to be valid, parents must physically hand the child over to emergency officials and not leave them unsupervised.
The couple has a second child, a 1-year-old boy, who has been taken to the hospital for evaluation and will be placed in the care of Child Protective Services, Porter said.