Officials Say, Baby Should've Been Taken To "Safe Haven"
After a newborn baby was found in a box on the side of the road in Ocala, officials say, it didn't have to be that way.
Florida is a "Safe Haven" state, meaning the baby could've been taken to a safe, designated location... no questions asked.
Officials with Alachua County Fire Rescue say the baby obviously shouldn't have been left by the side of the road... when there are Safe Havens nearby.
They are hospitals, emergency medical service stations, or fire stations.
All 50 states have enacted some version of the safe haven legislation, and according to the Safe Haven website, over 130 babies have been saved nationwide since 2000.
"Safe Havens were created because there was starting to be an increase in pregnancy and then the parents were abandoning the babies in dumpsters, on the side of the road..."Carol Davis, Alachua County Fire Rescue Spokesperson, said.
Davis says if a parent takes a baby to a Safe Haven, that parents can remain anonymous... They are not required to answer any questions.
There is one rule, though: The baby can be no more than seven days old...
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