Changes to the Safe Haven Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) The law goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

Heineman signed the bill on Friday afternoon without fanfare and
did not immediately issue a statement on the law.

The Legislature, meeting in special session, gave its final
approval earlier Friday.

Nebraska has been the only safe-haven law in the country without
an age limit. Designed to prevent newborns from being dumped in
trash bins or worse, the law instead led to the drop-off of 35
children since September, none of them infants.

They have mostly been preteens and teenagers as old as 17.

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