Baby abandoned under Maine’s Safe Haven law

The Associated Press
Posted Jan. 08, 2009, at 9:49 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A baby is in state custody after being born in Lewiston last month and abandoned under Maine’s Safe Haven law.

The baby is called “Alexis Safe Haven” in legal ads placed in the Sun Journal of Lewiston seeking to notify the parents of pending legal action to terminate their parental rights.

The ads say the baby was born in Lewiston on Dec. 1, but information on where and when the baby was left is confidential.

In 2002 Maine became one of the first of 47 states to enact a law allowing mothers to bring babies to designated locations such as hospitals, medical offices and police stations and leave them in the care of the state with no questions asked.

Officials said the law has been used fewer than five times since it was enacted.

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