Mother won’t be charged for leaving child at Hospital

Omaha police say a mother who left her 12-year-old son at a hospital won't be charged with child neglect. The boy was left at Creighton University Medical Center on April 4, raising questions about whether she tried to use Nebraska's old “safe haven'' law.

Police say the mother won't be charged with child neglect. They say she received some misinformation about leaving her son under the “safe haven'' law. Nebraska approved the law in 2008 that was designed to protect newborns from being abandoned. It didn't include an age limit and led to a rash of older children being left at hospitals. The Legislature then added a 30-day age limit to the law. Police say the boy remains in the state's custody.