FL Child Left in Omaha is 31th Safe-Haven Case

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An 11-year-old Florida boy has been abandoned
by his father today at an Omaha hospital, just days before lawmakers are scheduled to meet and change the state's much-criticized safe-haven law.

The boy is the 31st child left under the law since it went into effect in July.

Nebraska was the last state to enact a safe-haven law, which is
intended to protect unwanted newborns from being abandoned. But
unlike other states, Nebraska's law doesn't include an age limit,
leading to a string of dropoffs that has included young children and teenagers but no newborns.

The Legislature opens a rare special session on Friday to change the law and add an age limit.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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