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HOUSTON - A Texas woman accused of leaving her two children at a fire station because she wanted to give them up says the allegations against her are "made up."
According to KPRC-TV, Houston mom Jasmine Jones, 22, dropped off the boys, ages 9 months and 3 years, at Houston Fire Station 73 on Monday afternoon. Jones reportedly told officials that she was leaving the boys there because their father wasn't helping her take care of them. Firefighters said a man was heard nearby shouting expletives at Jones, but he did not approach the station. Assistant County Attorney Tiffany Reedy, however, said both parents brought the children to the station.
The boys are now in state custody and will be placed in foster care.
Under Texas' "Baby Moses" law, parents who are unable to care for their infants can surrender the children at a fire station, medical station or hospital without fear of prosecution. That law, however, applies only to infants 60 days old or younger.
In an interview Monday night, Jones told KPRC that she and the father, later identified as John Lee Smith, never intended to give up the children and just wanted help because the boys suffered from asthma.
"That's all we were trying to do, help our kids out," she said.
Jones added, "These allegations were made up."
According to KPRC, neither Jones nor Smith attended a Tuesday court hearing about the case. Case workers with Child Protective Services said the family was under investigation for drug and domestic violence allegations.