OMAHA, Neb. – Health officials say a 14-year-old Iowa girl has been abandoned at an Omaha hospital under Nebraska's safe-haven law.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said the girl is from Council Bluffs, Iowa, just across the Missouri River from Omaha. She was left at Creighton University Medical Center on Tuesday.
She is the 17th child overall and the first from another state to be abandoned since the law took effect in July.
It was meant to protect the lives of infants by letting a parent leave them at a hospital without fear of prosecution. The law doesn't have an age limit, though, and many children left to date have been teenagers or preteens.