Baby Dropped Off at Medical Center Under Safe Haven Law

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DES MOINES, Iowa – According to the Iowa Department of Human Services a newborn baby boy was dropped off at a hospital under Iowa’s Safe Haven law.

The baby was dropped off at a medical center on August 13 and was declared a Safe Haven baby. Under the law parents can hand over their children to authorities or health officials within the first 14-days of the child’s life with no questions asked.

Officials said this is the 20th time in the last 13 years, and the third time this year, that the Safe Haven law has been used.

The baby is in the custody of the Department of Human Services.


    • stan

      Whether it’s an excellent outcome still remains to be seen. The child is in DHS custody, not with an adoptive family.

      • Dean

        I wonder how long it takes for an adoptive family to be granted a child by DHS? Whatever, it’s still better than the alternative.

  • Sue

    Kudos to this young mother for giving her baby the best chance at a positive future possible. Thank goodness she chose this route rather than panicking and murdering the baby after it was born as happens all too often.

  • nanci

    this happens on an everyday! I commend the mother for giving the child a life instead of killing of it,but why does this make the news?

    • Dean

      It’s only the 13th time in 20 years in Iowa, is probably why. Given the number of abortions that occur in Polk County every year that’s a pretty positive story.

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