Baby Turned Over at Des Moines Clinic Under Safe Haven Law

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A newborn baby boy became the 21st child turned over to the state under the state’s Safe Haven law this morning.

The child was brought to the Parks Area Family Clinic on East 14th Street in Des Moines.

A man told workers at the clinic the baby had just been born at a bus stop. Before workers could ask any questions, the man had taken off.

Police haven’t been able to confirm the bus stop birth, but say they don’t see anything suspicious.

Under the law, a child can be turned over within 14 days of birth without the parents facing charges for abandonment.

“We can ask questions, what’s the child’s name, age, date of birth, and if they have any medical history. The parents are under no obligation to answer questions concerning that,” said Reylon Meeks, Clinical Specialist at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

The baby is believed to be in good health. The Iowa Department of Human Services will make sure all Safe Haven policies were followed.

He can be placed up for adoption after a parental rights hearing in 30 days.

More information on the Safe Haven Act can be found at the link below.

http://dhs.iowa.gov/safe-haven

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