In New York, police are investigating the death of a newborn after its body was found at Nottingham High School. The Superintendent of the school, Sharon Contreras, did not respond to reporters about the incident but did release a statement. She said, “We are cooperating with the Syracuse Police Department’s ongoing investigation into the death of a newborn child discovered at Nottingham High School. This is a tragic situation and our hearts go out to all of those involved.”
According to Syracuse News, on May 11th someone dropped off a bag with the baby inside at the schools nurse’s office. Although the sex of the baby is unknown, police did confirm that the baby died before arriving at the school.
As LifeNews previously reported, in 2013 a newborn was found dead at a Victoria Secret store in New York. The teen mother, Tiona Rodriguez, allegedly killed her son and then claimed she suffered a miscarriage. The boy’s body was found after Rodriquez was approached by a police officer that smelled a foul odor coming from her bag. Apparently the teenager wrapped her baby in clothes and was carrying him around.
Infanticide cases like these are especially upsetting since many states in the U.S. have safe haven laws, which allow women to leave unharmed babies at safe locations such as hospitals or police stations. New York adopted a safe haven law in 2000, and in 2010 it was amended to ensure that parents who abandon their child in a safe way, are not held criminally liable.
New York State’s Abandoned Infant Protection Act allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby up to 30 days of age anonymously and without fear of prosecution — if the baby is abandoned in a safe manner.
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A parent is not guilty of a crime if the infant is left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location and the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person of the infant’s location. A hospital, staffed police or fire station are examples of safe and suitable choices.
A person leaving an infant under this law is not required to give his or her name.