The Iowa Department of Human Services announced earlier this week that a baby boy was turned over to the state under Iowa’s Safe Haven Law.
The baby was born on June 5th. The Safe Haven Law allows a child 30 days or younger to be turned in to a hospital or health care facility. Under this law, the parents will not be charged with abandonment and can remain anonymous. The child will be turned over to foster or adoptive parents. The infant boy is the 44th child to be turned over to the state since the law went into effect.
The Safe Haven Law was passed in 2002 by Iowa lawmakers. In 2001, an eastern Iowa teenage girl hid her pregnancy and killed her infant child after delivering the baby at home. The death of “Baby Chelsea” spurred legislators to create the Safe Haven Law.