Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has signed a new safe haven law, limiting the age limit to children 30 days old or less. The new law will take effect at 12:01 a.m. November 22nd.
Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to the bill Friday morning. The old law had been used to abandon 35 children at state hospitals since July; many of them pre-teens or teenagers as old as 17.
The old law was meant to prevent newborns from being dumped in trash bins or worse. But it was the only one in the country that lacked an age limit. Five of the children abandoned have been from other states, including from as far away as Florida and Michigan.