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Monday to mark first Safe Haven Day in Connecticut

April 3, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are hoping to promote awareness of a 16-year-old law that was passed to help infant children by designating a day for it.

Monday will mark the first Safe Haven Day, which was created last year by the General Assembly.

The law allows a parent to voluntarily give up custody of an infant 30 days or younger to the nursing staff at a Connecticut emergency room. The parent would not be subject to arrest for abandonment and would be guaranteed anonymity.

The Safe Havens Working Group was created in 2014 after the death of a newborn boy whose mother was unaware of the law.

Many states, including Rhode Island and Massachusetts, have similar laws.

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