Man leaves infant at Dari Mart

Man leaves infant at Dari Mart

EUGENE, Ore. - A man took an infant into a convenience store late Sunday night, handed the 3-month-old to the clerk, and left.

"The infant was surrendered to a clerk at Dari Mart, the police department was called," said Brian Smith, battalion chief with the Eugene Fire Department. "Then we were called because of a possible medical issue."

Medics turned the child over to the Department of Human Services.

The incident on Barger Drive in West Eugene raises the question: If a parent can no longer care for an infant, where is the best place to turn?

Newborns can be dropped off a hospitals, doctor's offices, birthing clinics, police stations and sheriff's offices, all considered "safe havens" under Oregon law.

The baby must be under 30 days old.

The Eugene fire chief encouraged people who find themselves in such a desperate situation to reach out and ask for help.

"Whether it's police or fire, call the appropriate authorities and we'll take care of that situation," Smith said.