As reported by the Associated Press, an out of state teenager has been abandoned at a hospital in Omaha in accordance with the safe-haven law in the state of Nebraska. The official report on Monday regarded a thirteen year old who was driven by his mother from Michigan and left at a hospital, and subsequently placed in an emergency shelter after being evaluated by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. At the time of the report there had been no evidence presented of the child being in direct danger before his abandonment, and the investigation into his family situation continues.
At a news conference on Monday, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services division for children and families head, Tom Landry, commented on the situation by stating that “regardless of how or why, our focus remains on the safety of the child.” The case resembles an occurrence from the week prior where a 14 year-old Iowa teen was left at a hospital in Omaha by relatives. She is now back with family members.
Some Nebraska officials are concerned that the safe-haven law will facilitate a larger number of parents using abandonment as a first choice option for dealing with family issues.
Reports Tiffany Cheery – WiredPRNews.com