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Monday, October 13, 2008

Despised and Rejected, Children & Teens Unite with Christ’s Homelessness in Omaha, NE

A Michigan mother recently drove roughly 12 hours to Omaha, so she could abandon her 13-year-old son at a hospital under the state's unique safe-haven law, Nebraska officials said today. State officials met with the boy's mother. They believe the boy's parents are married but not sure if the father has agreed to the decision.

Last week, a 14-year-old girl from Iowa was left at an Omaha hospital by her grandparents. The girl has since been returned to her family.

Nebraska's safe-haven law is unlike similar laws in that it allows anyone, not just a parent, to drop off a child, of any age, at any state-licensed hospital without fear of prosecution for abandonment. Several parents or guardians who have left children cited uncontrollable behavioral problems. An out-of-work widower who left nine of his 10 children said he simply felt overwhelmed by his responsibilities.

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