LANCASTER, Calif. — A newborn boy was surrendered at a hospital in a city north of Los Angeles under a program that allows infants to be safely given up with no questions asked.

The Sun reports ( ) the infant was handed over on Monday at a Lancaster hospital, marking the fifth time a baby was given over this year under the Safe Surrender program.

The 16-year-old program allows parents or guardians to legally surrender an infant that is no more than three days old to an employee at any Los Angeles County hospital or fire station.

The Los Angeles County Supervisor’s Office announced the surrender on Wednesday, and this child was the 155th to be given up since the program began.

Information from: The Sun,

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