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Colorado man drops baby off at Lincoln hospital

By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

In 2008, legislation was passed allowing parents who can no longer care for their children to drop them off at local hospitals or fire stations with no questions asked, given the child is 30 days old or younger.

"They are in essence terminating their parental rights," Sen. Amanda McGill of Lincoln said. "And so, that child can be on the fast track to a full adoption."

McGill said under this law, parents won't be charged with child neglect. 


This weekend, a Colorado man came to Lincoln to give up his baby. According to court documents, the man had been in contact with foster parents in Lincoln who had previously adopted the man's older daughter. Records show the man indicated he was bringing his baby to Bryan East under the Safe Haven Law, and said that's where the foster parents could pick up his child.

But, at the time he brought his baby to the hospital, the child was just more than a month old, meaning the Safe Haven Law didn't apply.


However, McGill said there are still ways parents can turn their children over to the state, if they're older than 30 days.

"It involves a lot of paper work, it involves the department making determinations that are necessary for the family."

In the case of the Colorado man, that's what happened. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services filed a petition with the Lancaster County Juvenile Court, asking the judge to grant temporary custody to the state. On Sunday, that custody was given.

The county attorney said this is standard procedure.

Former senator, Arnie Stutham, who introduced the bill in 2008, said it's his understanding parents from any state can drop off a baby 30 days or younger in Nebraska under the Safe Haven Law.
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