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Originally posted by greeneyedleo
Here is the first update I found.
OMAHA, Neb. (Map, News) - An out-of-work widower who abandoned nine of his children at a hospital under Nebraska's new safe haven law said he was overwhelmed without his wife and just "fell apart."
"I hope they know I love them," Gary Staton told KETV. "I hope their future is better without me around them."
The unique law allows caregivers to abandon babies and teenagers alike at hospitals without fear of prosecution. Originally intended to protect infants, it was expanded in a legislative compromise to protect any "child." Some have interpreted that to mean anyone under 19.
Staton anonymously left the five boys and four girls - ages 1 to 17 - at Creighton University Medical Center's emergency room on Wednesday night. He has a 10th child, a daughter who is 18 and was not dropped off.
Staton said his wife died early last year, shortly after delivering their youngest child. He said he quit his job because of his family responsibilities but couldn't pay rent or utilities or take care of his kids.
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OMAHA, Neb.—Relatives of nine siblings who were abandoned by their father under Nebraska's new safe haven law may be granted custody.
A spokeswoman for the state department Health and Human Services officials said Friday that a number of family members have volunteered to take the siblings, ranging in age from 1 to 17.
Staff members are doing the required background checks in hopes of placing the children in the next few days.
The siblings were dropped off Wednesday night at an Omaha hospital. Their widowed father said he was no longer able to care for them.
The spokeswoman says the father did not reach out to relatives for help before abandoning them.
State law allows caregivers to leave a child at a hospital without fear of prosecution.
Staton and his wife were cited in 2004 for child neglect, according to Omaha police records. An article in a North High School newspaper quoted Staton's oldest daughter as saying she graduated at 16, in part to care for her younger siblings.
You make a very interesting and valid point.I was talking in general terms about the abortion debate but every individual case is different so that's why I object to the blanket ban approach of the pro- lifers.Why do you have no legal choice?Why are you not allowed to express your resevations about the health of your child and the possibilty your wife will be serving in Iraq?It sounds like you have already started a family and there are other children to consider so I see why you can identify with the father in the story if the worst happened which I profoundly hope it does'nt,good luck.
Originally posted by Brian2384
reply to post by candyfloss
"At the end of the day it's a womans body"
I don't follow that reasoning. My wife had a tubal ligation after having our third child, but as you said, there is no form of contraception that is 100% effective. Now she is pregnant again and a prenatal doctor said there was a good chance of a chromosome disorder and mental retardation. My wife is pro-life so I have no legal choice but to support her decision for the next 18 years. If she was to die as in the case of this man, (which is possible as she is slated to go to Iraq in 2009), I am solely responsible for my kids. And I agree with that. But the "my body, my choice" mantra just sounds selfish to me as it is not that simple.
Sorry if I hi-jacked this thread. I'm usually just a reader rather than a poster. But I had to get that out.
he probably found out about food stamp increase getting vetoed
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
Father Drops off 9 Kids at Hospital Under Nebraska Safe Haven Law!
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nine children were left at a hospital by their father late Wednesday under the state's new safe haven law, a move officials say illustrates the problems many feared when the rule went into effect.
The father, who was not identified, left the children aged 1 to 17 at Creighton University Medical Center's emergency room.
The law, which went into effect in July, allows caregivers to abandon children at any state-licensed hospital without fear of prosecution. It was initially intended to protect infants — like similar laws in other states — but was amended to include children and teenagers.
he probably lost his trailer to foreclosure.Lost his wife to a mule.And then the mule left to Tijuana.
Originally posted by whiteraven
reply to post by fleabit
You are basicly a slave and a meal ticket if you are in Foster care. What a ^%^$ joke.
Bootcamp is a holiday compared with the crap a person or a child goes through at or in Foster Homes.
All of my peace and love to you