Legally Abandoned Kids Not Always Infants

Baby Safe Haven sign in Boston, MA.

The Safe Haven laws that allow mothers all across the country to drop off their unwanted infants in hospitals have a major loop-hole in some states. What was thought to be a way to protect new babies from being left in alleys and other dangerous places has actually created a rash of legal abandonment of older children.


Unbelievably, at least 18 children between the ages of 22 months and 17 years old have been abandoned in Nebraska hospitals under this law. Recently, a 13-year-old boy was driven (by his mother) 12 hours from his home in Michigan all the way to Nebraska, where there is no set age on the Safe Haven Law. After this last case, the governor of Nebraska and other lawmakers moved to rewrite the legislation so that--like it does in most states--it would only apply to infants up to 3 days old.

You have to wonder what is going through any mother's mind that abandons her baby. It's unfathomable the despair a mother must feel who abandons her 13-year-old. This story truly upset me; care to share your feelings on it?

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