2008-11-13 / Local & State

Indiana Boy Latest Safe-Haven Case

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An 8- year-old Indiana boy was left last Thursday at an Omaha hospital, bringing to 28 the number of children left under Nebraska's unique safe-haven law.

Todd Landry with the Department of Health and Human Services Division of Children and Family Services said the boy from Wabash County was left by his mother late Thursday morning at Bergan Mercy Hospital.

It is believed the boy's mother drove him to Omaha from Indiana, HHS spokeswoman Jeanne Atkinson said. She declined to release other details.

The boy is the fourth from out of state.

Children from Iowa, Georgia and Michigan also have been among the children left at hospitals under the Nebraska law. They have since been returned to their home states.

Nebraska's law says anyone can leave a child at a hospital without fear of prosecution for the abandonment. The law uses the word "child" and doesn't include any age limit.

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