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Firefighters in Texas took in an 11-month-old child when his mother feared she'd have to spend the night in her car after being turned away from a homeless shelter.
Corterra Payton made the tough decision to leave her son, Duran, at Fire Station 68 in Houston just after midnight on Tuesday, after leaving their home following an argument with her live-in boyfriend, she told ABC News.
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The firefighters had made an exception for Payton in her time of need, as the law in Texas only requires them to take in children 60 days old or younger, and Captain John Nanninga soothed her child in his arms.
When she returned as planned an hour later, police were on site and escorted Payton and her child to a Child Protective Services facility where they were able to stay for the night.
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Payton's plan now is for her son to stay with family in Cleveland, Texas, while she works to get back on her feet.
Payton said she left her home with her son late on Monday because she feared an argument with her boyfriend would turn violent.
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She said she first called her family in Cleveland but they weren't able to help right away, being about an hour away by car.
By that time, it was already after midnight so she went to a homeless shelter, where she was told she'd have to come back in the morning.
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After pulling into a parking lot, Payton began to fear the worst might happen to her and her son.
She said she thought to herself, 'We are going to be sleeping in the car, somebody going to come up with a gun, kill us, rob us.'
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She added, 'Either that or they will see me sleeping. A woman, guy, somebody will come by the car and say, "Oh, she sleeping in...
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