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State uses state haven law for 22nd time

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Iowa's state haven law is being used for the 22nd time.


Under the law, parents have the option to give up custody of their children, aged 14 days or younger, without prosecution. Parents can leave the child at a hospital or health care facility.


In this case, someone brought a newborn baby boy to a health care facility on January 13, 2015. The infant is now in the custody of the Iowa Department of Human Services.


According to DHS, all of Iowa's previous safe haven babies have been successfully adopted.


Lawmakers approved Iowa's state haven law after a high-profile case in 2001 involving a teen mother who killed her newborn after delivering the child at home.

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