A Charleston legislator wants to amend the state’s safe haven law, commonly known as Daniel’s Law, which allows parents to safely abandon their children for up to 30-days-old with no penalty. Charleston Representative Chip Limehouse wants to change that limit to five years old. Limehouse says he was prompted by the recent case of a mother killing her two toddlers and then submerging her car –with their bodies inside—in a nearby river.
Currently, the law states that a parent can drop an infant at a hospital, police station or other designated places, as long as the child is left in an employee’s hands.
Representative Limehouse talks to Ashley Byrd about the Safe Haven for Children bill, which is ready to be prefiled in the state legislature next week: