Want to Get Rid of Your Child? Head to Nebraska

This is one of those Only in America stories.

The American media is all atwitter about a Nebraska law that lets parents abandon their young children without facing serious repercussion.

Nebraska’s Safe Haven Law allows parents to abandon a child at a hospital without fear of prosecution.

According to Nebraska’s safe-haven law:

No person shall be prosecuted for any crime based solely upon the act of leaving a child in the custody of an employee on duty at a hospital licensed by the State of Nebraska.

Like legislators in India and everywhere else, the Nebraska lawmakers are stupid – in the Safe Haven Law (passed in July) they failed to specify an age limit for the children that can be abandoned.

By using the term ‘child’ in the legislation, meaning anyone aged 17 or below, they opened the floodgates.

As a result teenager as old as 17 are being abandoned in Nebraska.

So far 34 ‘children’ have been dumped in Nebraska (and you thought only in India poor children have a hard time. Shows how litle you know).

So, the next time your teenager starts throwing a tantrum demanding the latest model of an iPod, PlayStation or Xbox 360, warn him that you’ll take him to Nebraska. That should shut him up if nothing else.

After the recent media furore, the schmucks in Nebraska are considering rewording the legislation to reduce the age-limit of the children that can be dumped in the state’s hospitals.

2 Responses to "Want to Get Rid of Your Child? Head to Nebraska"

  1. joeantony   November 18, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Only In America – Truly.

    Americans time and again prove that they can be extremly intelligent and extremly stupid at the same time.

    One old joke on space mission comes to my mind. It was a joint mission by US and Russian space scientist. They were toghter in the space, there was a meeting, the US scientists took a sophisticated pen to take notes, it was designed to work without gravity, it used human body temperature to liquidate the ink on the run and a automated pointing ball to eject the ink on to the paper.. they were explaining all these to the fellow russians with a pride on the face… the Russians smiled.. took a pencil and started writing 🙂

  2. Þórarinsdóttir   December 11, 2008 at 8:12 am

    We put this threat to use with our 7 year old yesterday.. worked like a charm – showed her evidence on the internet that even teenagers can be abandoned! 🙂 Luckily she doesn’t know that the rewording has already occurred.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Yes, the Safe Haven Law has been amended in Nebraska and now applies only to babies under 30 days.

    Anecdotal evidence suggests that in some instances parents do/did it because they can’t afford the extortionist fees charged by the healthcare/mentalcare system in the U.S.

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