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October 17, 2008


Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-9313


Safe Haven Youth Returns to Michigan

Lincoln – The 13-year-old Michigan boy who was left at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha on October 13, under Nebraska's safe haven law, is returning to Michigan in the near future to the custody of the Michigan Department of Human Services.

"I appreciate the assistance and cooperation of the Michigan Department of Human Services so this youth can safely return to his home state," said Todd Landry, Director of the Division of Children and Family Services in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

The Michigan agency completed an evaluation and assessment of the family situation and a Michigan court ordered that the child be placed into their custody. The Douglas County Attorney's office and Douglas County Juvenile Court judge determined his return to Michigan would be in the child's best interest. The Juvenile Court dismissed the Nebraska order, ending Nebraska DHHS involvement in the case.

A Nebraska DHHS employee will accompany the youth on his return to Michigan.