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Nebraska Safe Haven Law to be Changed

Nebraska lawmakers are considering whether to change the state’s “Baby Moses? law which allows parents to abandon their children at hospitals without prosecution, CBS News reported.

The law was established in July to allow vulnerable parents to leave their infants in a safe place, the BBC said.

However, of the 34 children abandoned since then, only six have been younger than 10, according to CNN.

CBS reported that one infant had been abandoned under the safe haven law, but according to CNN, none of the children were infants.

The law allows not only parents, but any adult, to drop off any child under the age of 18 the BBC said.

“I certainly recognize and can commiserate and empathize with families across our state and across the country who are obviously struggling with parenting issues, but this is not the appropriate way of dealing with them," Todd Landry, head of the state's Department of Health and Human Services' division of children and family services told the BBC.

Gov. Dave Heineman urged parents to think of the message they were sending to their children before abandoning them, CNN reported.

"Think of what you are saying. You are saying you no longer support them. You no longer love them,? Heineman said.

Officials are working to change the law so that only infants will be received by hospitals. The law is expected to change by the end of next week, CBS said.