Excerpt from an AP report dated August 22, 2008
" State's law covers all minors
But instead of following the lead of other states, which focus on the abandonment of newborns, lawmakers here wanted to extend the protection to all minors. And in Nebraska, that goes all the way up to age 19.
“All children deserve our protection,” said Sen. Tom White, who helped broaden the measure. “If we save one child from being abused, it’s well, well worth it.”
White said it doesn’t matter if that child is an infant or 3 years old or in the care of a parent or baby sitter. As for what constitutes a minor, he refers to common law, which interprets it to be anyone under age 14."
Somewhere in the media smoke of a few children being dropped of in Nebraska, State Senator Tom White's words, thoughts, intent got lost.
The repeal of the Safe Haven Law in Nebraska was largely do to the media pointing at the broad definition of child used by Nebraska when crafting their bill. ALL I heard was that there had been an error, this was wrong, how could they possibly have intended a 14 year old to be dropped off?
Well, Tom White did. And I think he got it right the first time.
I further think that the hue and cry and 'needed' rush to alter the law to 'fix' this , was politically and media fueled, a frenzy of thoughtlessness.
I personally, think that ALL Safe Haven Laws should allow ALL children this safe haven.
They had it right the first time.