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Baby abandoned at Lexington Medical Center

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

An infant is in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Social Services after the boy's mother left him at Lexington Medical Center on Wednesday.

According to DSS, the woman placed the infant in the hospital's care pursuant to Daniel's Law, the Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act.

"Baby Boy Doe" is a healthy, white child who weighed 7 pounds, 9.2 ounces and  was 19 inches long at birth, a DSS news release stated.

Pursuant to the Safe Haven Act, a permanency planning hearing will be held at the Lexington Family Court, located at 205 E. Main St., in Lexington on November 20 at 2:00 p.m.     

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

Daniel's Law states a person who abandons a newborn cannot be prosecuted for abandonment if he or she takes the unharmed baby to staff or an employee of a Safe Haven. Safe Havens are defined as a hospital or hospital outpatient facility, law enforcement agencies, fire stations, emergency medical services (EMS) stations, or a house of worship during the time the church or synagogue is staffed.

The law applies to infants up to 30 days old. The person leaving the child does not have to reveal his or her identity.

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