DSS: Infant abandoned in Lexington under Daniel’s Law

08/22/2014 3:23 PM

08/22/2014 3:24 PM

An infant who was brought to Lexington Medical Center Urgent Care Wednesday has been placed under the protection of Safe Haven staff, according to the Lexington County Department of Social Services.

The infant falls under the jurisdiction of Daniel’s Law, the Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act, according to the agency.

According to a release, Baby Boy Doe is a healthy Caucasian male who weighs seven pounds.

The baby was reportedly born at home on Tuesday and is now in DSS custody, according to the release.

Under the Safe Haven Act, a permanency planning hearing will be held at the Lexington County Family Court at 2 p.m. Oct. 15.

Any person wishing to assert parental rights regarding the infant must do so at the hearing, according to DSS.

Under the law, a person who abandons a newborn can not be prosecuted for abandonment if he or she takes the unharmed baby to staff or an employee of a “safe haven,” according to DSS.

The law allows infants less than 30 days old to be left at a designated safe haven, as long as the child is left in an employee’s hands.

Safe havens include hospitals, hospital outpatient facilities, emergency medical services stations, law enforcement agencies, fire stations and houses of worship.

The law doesn't require the person to answer any questions.

According to DSS, there have been about 25 incidents statewide requiring a Daniel’s Law classification since the law’s inception in 2000.

Four cases have occurred in Richland and Lexington counties since 2007, according to a records check.


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