PRESS RELEASE, 5/4/2005

County takes custody of another infant under safe haven program

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced today that the County has been granted temporary custody of a baby girl who was dropped off at an area hospital Monday under the Safe Haven for Newborns program.

The infant was dropped off at 2:30 in the afternoon on Monday May 2nd by the babys mother. The baby was turned over to the Mercy Franciscan-Mt. Airy staff under the safe haven program. The program gives birth parents, who may be unable to provide for their child, another option. A parent may take a newborn to a Safe Haven within 72 hours of the birth without fear of prosecution. Under the program, if the baby appears unharmed, no one will ask for the parents names or information.

This is the seventh infant since 2001 to be placed in the Safe Haven for Newborns program. Every infant placed in the program has been adopted by a loving family and the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services is working to see the same happens for this child, Mr. Deters said.