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Safe Haven Rule Used For First Time In Lacrosse

Invoking the state’s Safe Haven law, a mother surrendered her newborn baby at a La Crosse fire station. The woman brought the child to the station last Thursday afternoon about 4:30 p.m. The woman presented a medical history and was very helpful. The child was thought to be about three hours old.

Wisconsin’s Safe Haven law was enacted 10 years ago. It allows a parent to turn over an unharmed infant to police, fire, medical or emergency personnel, or a hospital, within 72 hours of birth and remain anonymous.

After the baby is determined to be healthy, he will become eligible for foster care and a possible adoption.

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