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Man drops off baby at Lafayette hospital

Posted at 11:23 AM, Jan 21, 2016

LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- It's the first case of the Safe Haven law in Lafayette: An infant was dropped off at IU Health Arnett Hospital. 

Police said the person who dropped the baby off was asked to do so by his family.

Doctors checked out the child -- and said it's completely healthy with no signs of abuse. 

The Safe Haven law allows somebody to drop off a child under 30 days old at any "safe site" -- meaning any hospital emergency room, fire station or police station in Indiana.

In September, a baby boy was left at a church in North Vernon, Indiana. The mother could face charges for leaving him there, because he wasn't left with a person, just at the side of the church.

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As long as there are no signs of abuse to the baby, the person who relinquished it is not required to give any information. Any information about the child's medical history or family health is appreciated by the new caregivers.

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For more information on Indiana's Safe Haven law, click here.


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