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Nebraska Becomes Drop-Off Point for Unwanted Teens

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All states have a safe haven law, aimed at providing a way for desperate new mothers to drop off their infants at a hospital without fear of prosecution for abandonment. But Nebraska's Safe Haven Law actually allows parents to drop off children as old as 17--and they are doing just that. Most of the 19 kids who have been dropped off at hospitals have been teens or pre-teens. In some cases, parents or grandparents are driving to Nebraska from other states, so desperate are they to get rid of extremely troubled kids. We hear more from Senator Arnie Stuthman, who authored the law, and Martha Stoddard, who's reporting on the story for the Omaha World-Herald.

Credits

Guests:
Martha Stoddard - Statehouse Reporter, Omaha World-Herald, Arnie Stuthman - State Senator (R-NE)

Host:
Judy Muller

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Katie Cooper