Kansas House Approves Stronger Safe Havens Law

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas House has approved a bill that would strengthen protections for parents who leave their newborn children at safe havens such as hospitals, fire stations or city and county health facilities.

The bill approved Wednesday by the House was proposed partly in response to a Wichita case where a mother who abandoned her child at a hospital was publicly identified by police.

The current law allows parents to leave a baby less than 45 days old in a ``safe haven'' without being prosecuted. The child becomes a ward of the state.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1bOn5yN ) the new law would help parents who leave their children to remain anonymous.

It would also allow the safe havens to keep parents' identity confidential, except when child abuse is suspected.

Posted by Greg Palmer

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