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November 14, 2008

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287


25th Instance of Safe Haven Law Occurred

Lincoln - Todd Landry, director of the Division of Children and Family Services for the Department of Health and Human Services, said a 5-year-old boy was left at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha through LB 157, Nebraska's "safe haven" law.

Landry said the Douglas County youth was left at the hospital by his mother at approximately 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 13. The Department is in the process of gathering additional information.

This is the 25th instance of use of LB 157 and the 34th child left at a hospital under the law since September 13. LB 157 went into effect on July 18.

More information about Nebraska's safe haven law, as well as information about local resources for families, can be found on the Department's Website at