Nebraska hurries to fix safe-haven law
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman planned a special legislative session Wednesday to fix the loosely-worded safe-haven law that has left 23 children abandoned at hospitals, reported The Star Tribune.
The safe-haven law, which took effect in July, lets caregivers drop off children as old as 18 at Nebraska hospitals without prosecution, reported The Washington Post. This differs from laws in other states, which limit the age of children eligible for drop=off to between one day and three months old.
Since the law went into effect, 23 children have been abandoned at hopitals, the youngest being one year old. 12 of the 23 children were teenagers.
Parents from other states have taken advantage of Nebraska's lax law and children from Iowa and Georgia have been dropped off at Nebraska hospitals. These children have been returned to their home states.
Heineman will call a special session beginning Nov. 14, two months before the regular session, to try and amend the problem.
Until then, officials are urging parents to find alternative methods of dealing with their children, such as talking to friends or family or contacting social service instead of dropping them off at hospitals.