Guess what. The Nebraska safe haven law that Carinwrote abouta couple weeks back works exactly like we thought it would.
Over the weekend, 2 boys aged 15 and 11 respectively were dropped off by parents and guardians at 2 different hospitals.In the case of the 15-year-old, his caretaker couldn’t deal with his behaviour anymore. It’s unclear what the 11-year-old did.
Arnie Stuthman, a Senate member from Platte Center as well as a sponsor of the bill, said that the law wasn’t intended to be used in such a way, but in order to get it passed he had to agree, essentially, to write utter stupidity into it. According to him, the bill’s original intent was to allow for infants 72 hours old or less to be dropped off in a safe place. But as a compromise with people who sadly aren’t named and shamed in the linked article, he expanded the definition of child to include all minor children, and now here we are.
Isn’t it great when politicians stand up for common sense and do their jobs properly? No, I wouldn’t know either, that was a rhetorical question.