COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - Deputies accepted a newborn child surrendered under the state’s Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act, the South Carolina Department of Social Services said.
The baby, born Friday weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces, was surrendered to Laurens County deputies at the Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital, DSS spokesperson Danielle Jones said.
Under the provisions of the law, Laurens County DSS officials took custody of the child.
A permanency planning hearing will be set for June 17 at 2 p.m.
For more information on the hearing, you can call the Laurens County DSS office at 864-833-0100.
The Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act, also known as Daniel’s Law, provides a safe, legal option to abandonment for babies up to 60 days old.
Daniel’s Law is named for an infant boy who survived after being buried in a landfill soon after his birth, DSS said. Nurses named him Daniel as he recovered.
Under the law, mothers in crisis can surrender their unharmed baby at a designated location.