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 NebraskaÂ (and you thought only in IndiaÂ 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.