3 ‘safe haven’ babies left at Connecticut hospitals

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say three babies were brought to hospital emergency rooms and left behind by their parents in a span of six weeks earlier this year.

Under the state’s “safe haven” law, parents can bring infants 30 days or younger to an emergency room and avoid prosecution for abandonment.

Two infants were brought to hospitals on Jan. 9 — one in Hartford and another in Southington. A third was left at a Westbrook hospital on Feb. 22.

State officials say the law enacted 15 years ago has potentially saved as many as 27 babies from abandonment.

The Department of Children and Families obtains custody of the babies and places them with families that are willing to adopt them. The agency also provides support to the baby’s new family.

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