CentraState Healthcare System reminds parents of Safe Haven Law

CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold wants to remind parents of newborns there are safe places to leave an infant if they are unable to care

The hospital has put up signs in the

The hospital has put up signs in the emergency room, letting parents know about New Jersey's Safe Haven Law. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP - CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold wants to remind parents of newborns there are safe places to leave an infant if they are unable to care for the child.

The hospital has put up signs in the emergency room, letting parents know about New Jersey's Safe Haven Law.

The law allows a baby who is less than 30 days old to be dropped off at certain locations, no questions asked.  No charges will be filed if the child has not been abused.

"They have a place that is safe, confidential," says Dr. Neha Shah. "Legally, they can drop off their child if they feel like they're distressed and they want a safer place for their child."

Other safe haven drop-off locations include churches and firehouses.

The Safe Haven Law went into effect 14 years ago to prevent infant deaths.

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