teens and safe haven

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Registered: 04-19-2006
teens and safe haven
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Thu, 09-18-2008 - 1:45pm


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26726708/
2 boys left at Neb. hospitals under ‘haven’ law
15- and 11-year-old are first to be surrendered after new state law

OMAHA, Neb. - Two boys ages 15 and 11 were left at Nebraska hospitals over the weekend, the first youngsters surrendered under the state's new safe-haven law that allows caregivers to abandon children and teens as well as infants, officials said.

A 44-year-old woman dropped off her teenage nephew at Lincoln's BryanLGH Medical Center West on Saturday, saying the boy had behavioral problems that she couldn't handle anymore, Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady said. The woman is the boy's legal guardian.

The other boy was left at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha on Saturday, said Alegent Health spokeswoman Kelly Grinnell.


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Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 09-18-2008 - 3:11pm
OMG. I'm trying to think what kind of psychological damage that would do.
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Registered: 02-15-2005
Thu, 09-18-2008 - 3:41pm

I remember some time ago, there was a story on 20/20 or 60 minutes, one of those shows...the family was trying to get the state to take custody of their one son. He was just not right. From a young age, he tortured and killed animals and his violence was escalating to the point that they feared for their and their other children's lives. They had exhasted all of their resources and were financially and emotionally tapped. They felt the only way to help him was to have the state take custody so he could get the help he needed. But the way the law was written in that state (can't remember - Florida, maybe?) they would have had to give up all their kids, not just him. It was a nightmare. This option would have been a blessing for them.


Devastating, but sometimes necessary.


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