Michigan Mom uses Nebraska Safe Haven Law

A Detroit, Michigan, mother dropped off her 13-year old son at Creighton Medical Center Monday around 1:30am.

It's the 10th incident and 18th child abandoned in Nebraska in the last month.

State Health Officials say in the latest example, the Michigan mother drove more than 12 hours with the sole purpose of dropping off the teenager at a hospital under Nebraska's unique Safe Haven law.

Investigators don't believe she has family here. They aren't saying what triggered her to drive to Omaha.

Michigan has a safe haven law but a parent only avoids prosecution if the newborn is younger than 72 hours old.

In Nebraska, it's under the age of 19.

Todd Landry with Nebraska D-H-H-S says they've talked with the teen, his mother and the State of Michigan to figure out what happens next.

Todd Landry says, "I want to emphasize...just like the other 9 instances of Safe Haven in Nebraska - it does not appear to be in any immediate danger of being harmed in any way shape or form."

Other Safe Haven laws are based on newborns -- children who don't have the relationship a teenager would have.

It's something that worries experts.

Gene Klein with Project Harmony "What it's telling us is how desperate these parents are. What we have to figure out, a better vehicle to get these parents help because this really isn't the proper way or right solution. Ultimately, this will have more trauma for the child that if they weren't abandoned."

For now, the 13-year old is in emergency protective care while health experts evaluate whether the teenager becomes a ward of the state.

A decision on that is expected in the next day or so.


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