Baby surrendered in box at fire station at 2 days old adopted 

Francis Akhalbey January 24, 2024
Samuel was just two days old when he was surrendered at a fire station -- Photo Credit: Heather Shay Photography/Brittany Tyler

Samuel was just two days old when he was surrendered in a safe haven box at the Louisville Fire Department in May 2022. Per FOX 5 Atlanta, the minor’s biological mother also left a written note that partly said “I love you.”

Samuel’s story was widely publicized and caught the attention of Chris and Brittany Tyler – a Kentucky couple unable to conceive children. The Tylers, who are foster parents and have had 17 children under their care, said they hoped little Samuel would eventually end up with them. 

“We were just next on the list for a placement,” Brittany said. The Tylers fortunately got what they wished for as they received a call about taking Samuel in as a foster child. “We got the call from the placement workers that they had a baby that had been surrendered, and would we be able to take him in? And we said, ‘absolutely,’” Brittany recalled. 

Brittany also said Samuel was very little at the time he was surrendered, leading him to be put in the NICU to receive proper nursing care. The couple ultimately adopted Samuel in December 2023. And Samuel, who is now 20 months old, is the third child to be adopted by the Tylers. Besides his two brothers, Samuel also has a sister that his new parents are fostering, FOX 5 Atlanta reported.

The Tylers, however, said they have little information about Samuel’s mother, adding that the likelihood of meeting her isn’t high. Brittany also said the contents of the written note made her believe Samuel’s mother was a young person who was looking for help. The couple said they intend to let Samuel know how he was adopted at a certain point.

“She’s made a very brave, selfless decision. And she wanted the best for him,” Brittany said in reference to Samuel’s mother. 

“We’re just thankful to God that He chose that we would be the family for him,” Chris added. 

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: January 24, 2024


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