The baby was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for evaluation. According to Channel 2, police said the 17-year-old admitted she gave birth to the baby and was taken to Grady, too. Her condition was not released.
“The baby is fine,” Smith said. “The family of the mom was unaware that she was pregnant.”
In Georgia, a safe haven law allows mothers of newborns up to 7 days old to drop off the child at a medical facility without fear of prosecution for abandoning the infant.
Georgia's law is based on the Safe Place for Newborns Act, enacted by the General Assembly in 2002.
A medical facility includes any licensed hospital, county health center or a licensed birthing center, according to the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services, which is involved in the case.
A medical facility does not include a private doctor’s office, a dentist or police and fire stations.
The safe haven law requires that the newborn be left in the physical custody of an on-duty employee, agent or member of the staff of a medical facility. This person may be either in a paid or a volunteer position with the facility. The mother is also encouraged to provide her name and address to the person receiving the child.
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