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NATIONAL BRIEFING / NEBRASKA

Teen seeks haven for self, baby son

October 24, 2008|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A 16-year-old mother walked into an Omaha hospital in an attempt to use the state's unique safe-haven law -- not to abandon her baby, but to get help for herself and her son.

The girl told a social worker that she had been kicked out of her mother's home, according to court documents filed in Douglas County Juvenile Court.

The teen and her 10-month-old son have been placed in foster care.

Nebraska's safe-haven law, which took effect in July, is the only one in the country that lets anyone leave a child as old as 18 at a state-licensed hospital without fear of prosecution for the abandonment.

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