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State claims abandoned youth

October 18, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The state was granted temporary custody of four suburban Detroit siblings, including a 13-year-old abandoned in Nebraska by his mother under that state's safe haven law.

An Oakland County juvenile court referee scolded Teri Martin for dropping off her adopted son at an Omaha hospital with $10 this week.

Nebraska is not a "humane society for animals," Referee Karla Mallett said.

All states have laws designed to allow desperate new mothers to leave their newborns in safe hands, but Nebraska allows parents to abandon older children and even teenagers at hospitals.

At least 18 children have been abandoned in Nebraska since the law took effect in July, including two from other states.

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