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Investigators: Safe Haven Law could have prevented baby’s death

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Investigators say they are following all leads to track down the parents of a baby who was found in a creek Sunday.

The child’s remains were found behind homes in the 1500 block of Fenwick Avenue on the east side.

Police said the child is a boy around the age of a newborn. The cause and manner of the infant’s death are still under investigation, pending autopsy results.

Investigators say this could have all been prevented by Indiana’s Safe Haven Law.

The Safe Haven Law protects children and parents in all 50 states. It allows a distressed parent to give up an unwanted infant safely, legally and confidentially at a hospital, EMS provider, police department or fire station.

In Indiana, a parent has up to 45 days to do so.

States differ on the amount of time a parent has, but the goal is the same — no one ever has to abandon a child again.

Illinois and Ohio allow 30 days for parents, Kentucky and Michigan allow just three days.

Dozens of children’s lives have been saved here in Indiana since the law went into effect 13 years ago this month.

If you have any information regarding this case or the identity or whereabouts of the boy’s mother, please contact IMPD at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

5 comments

  • sheila

    this law should have no time limitations to it at all. if a said parent feels they can no longer support the said child no matter of age should be able to do the same.. its better than no way out for these forgotten and often murdered and buried in the backyard children.. i am not taking up for iiresponsible parents..its about protecting our children,no matter what age

    • ClanSmokeJaguar

      lol…so at the age of 17 a parent can drive up to a fire station and kick their child out the moving car with a note safety-pinned on their clothing saying: I can't take care of this fool any longer! Here ya go!

  • Male RN

    The law was meant to prevent this sort of thing and give people an option if they deliver an unwanted child. Better than throwing a newborn in the creek as happened to this poor infant. I hope they find the female involved and lock her up. All she had to do was take this child to an ER or fire station and leave it no questions. Now she and if anyone else was involved will face homicide charges instead and rightly so.

  • Boomer

    I hope the scum that threw this baby away goes to jail for a very long time. The inmates will dole out the justice that the courts won't do.

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