Like many other states, Nebraska has a “safe haven” law which allows parents who “fear that their children are in imminent danger” to drop them off at hospitals without being charged with abandonment. The law was intended for infants; it’s a modern way of leaving a baby on a doorstep.
However, in a huge oversight, Nebraska forgot to incorporate an age limit into their statute. Thus, there has been a steady stream of parents driving ten-year-old, thirteen-year-old, seventeen-year-old children whom they no longer want to take care of to hospitals and simply ditching them.
As the state legislature begins a special session to modify the law, the state is bracing for a groundswell of people abandoning their children while they still have the chance. Burnt-out parents will most likely descending on Nebraska from around the country — CNN interviewed a woman who “drove from Georgia to leave her teenage son at an Omaha hospital.”
“Please don’t bring your teenager to Nebraska,” says Governor Dave Heineman. “Think of what you are saying. You are saying you no longer support them. You no longer love them.”