An infant was dropped off at Desert Springs Hospital found early Tuesday morning, by a Physician, in the parking lot.
Although Metropolitan Police will investigate to ensure the infant dropped off at Desert Springs Hospital was dropped off voluntarily, it appears that the baby girl’s parent or parents were taking advantage of Nevada’s Safe Haven Law which was adopted by lawmakers following high profile deaths of babies abandoned, abused or left to die in trash bins and casino restrooms.
Although the case is being treated as a Safe Haven drop-off, the parents should have gone a step further by notifying someone inside the facility about the location of the newborn.
The Nevada Safe Haven law states:
In Nevada, the Safe Haven Infant Protection Act allows an individual to surrender an infant with no fear of arrest or prosecution. No names or records are required. The parents can bring a baby less than 30 days old to any hospital, and urgent care facility, an occupied fire or police station or they can call 911 to have an ambulance dispatched to the location. The appropriate government child protection agency will immediately take the newborn into custody and place the infant in a foster or pre-adoptive home.
With the Nevada Safe Haven law, there is simply no excuse for leaving an unwanted infant anywhere except in a designated place since the parents, or whoever drops the child off, will face no charges.
Nevada, Las Vegas in particular, has had a rash of children murdered by their own teen parents. If they had only utilized the Safe Haven law in place, the children could have been placed with a family that truly wants children.
Fortunately the law was utilized, the baby girl appears healthy and ultimately will be placed up for adoption.