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Infant’s death prompts awareness for Safe Haven law

(Toledo News Now) -

Alocal prosecutor is working to raise awareness about a law designed to prevent parentsunable to care for their infant children from harming or abandoning the child.

It'scalled the Safe Haven law. In Ohio, parents can drop their newborn off at ahospital, police station, or fire station, and as long as there are no signs ofabuse, the parents will face no legal consequences.

"Noquestions asked, no photograph, no description, no following, no police report,"said Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates. "There is no reason in our state whyan infant should ever end up in a freezer."

Bateswas referring to thiscase, where an infant was found dead in a freezer. The mother has recentlypleaded guilty to aggravated murder. It is because of this case that Bates israising awareness of the Safe Haven law.

Accordingto the law, a child dropped off at the hospital or with local authorities willbe examined, placed in foster care, and, hopefully, adopted.

"[Wewant to] take that tragedy and turn it into something positive so this doesn'tever have to happen again," Bates said.

Theprogram is for babies up to 30 days old. Officials say leaving medical recordsor health information with the infant is recommended, but not required.

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