Two more children have been abandoned at heartland hospitals under Nebraska's safe haven law.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a 12-year-old boy from Omaha was left at Immanuel Hospital. Another 12-year-old boy was left at BryanLGH West in Lincoln. Both were dropped off Sunday.
This brings the number of children left at a hospital to 16 since the law took effect in July. Nebraska is the only state whose safe haven law covers children up to age 19.
"I encourage parents who are having difficulty with their kids to reach out for help from family, faith-based organizations and other community services when they need support before taking this drastic measure," Todd Landry, director of the Division of Children and Family Services for the Department of Health and Human Services said.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman was asked to comment on the latest cases. He reminded Nebraskans the law is intended primarily for the safety of newborns. Heineman encouraged parents of older children to seek help by calling 211 or local United Way organizations.