Billings Baby Doing Well

The baby boy who was abandoned in a Billings hospital bathroom is doing well.  He is now 6-months-old and has been adopted by a loving family.  He was actually the first baby in the state’s history to be legally given up under the 11-year-old Safe Haven laws in Montana.

I was surprised to read in this article that the state does not mandate that parents give infants to a person at Safe Haven locations.  So, leaving this child in the hospital bathroom was just fine.  Pardon the opinion, but that seems ridiculous to me.  What if this baby was left somewhere at which he was not found for hours?  OR what if he was found by a non-staff member who wished to harm him?  Not smart.

This article continues with some arguments against Safe Haven laws which I found to be quite entertaining, but also ridiculous.  I have read more stories about infant abandonment than any one person should and I can say with certainty that Safe Haven is necessary and it saves lives.

Article found here.

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Billings Mother Faces No Charges for Abandonment

This article made me angry.  A child was dropped off at a hospital in Billings and the mother will not face charges for abandonment, but I do not think she should be off the hook so easily.

She left the child in a bathroom by himself.  Hospital workers determined that the infant could not have been by himself for more than 10 minutes based on the bathroom cleaning schedule, but the mother did not know that.  In those 10 minutes a thousand terrible things could have happen to the baby.  No Safe Haven Law that I am aware off states that you can drop an infant off anywhere on the premises of a hospital.  They have to be put in a safe place.  I am glad the infant is okay, but I really hope that this will not start a trend.  Everyone needs to be aware that there is a right way and a wrong way to legally relinquish parental rights.

Full article here.

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