NE Lawmakers OK Age Limit In Safe-Haven Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska lawmakers have given final approval to adding a 30-day age limit to the state's safe-haven law.

The original safe-haven law was intended to prevent newborns from being dumped in trash bins or worse. Every state has such a law, but Nebraska's is the only one that lacks an age limit.

Since July, 35 children have been abandoned at state hospitals -- many of them preteens or teenagers as old as 17.

Gov. Dave Heineman was expected to sign the bill Friday afternoon. If he does, the age limit will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and Nebraska will join 13 other states with a 30-day age cap.

Five of the abandoned children have been from other states, including from as far away as Florida and Michigan.

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