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Newborn Left on Apartment Doorstep with Heartbreaking Note: 'His Dad Tried To Kill Us'

Safe Haven laws — also known as “Baby Moses” laws in some states — have impacted thousands of newborns over the years.

These laws protect newborns and infants and offer parents a safe alternative, no strings attached, should they be unable to care for their child.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, “over 2,000 babies nationwide are known to have been positively impacted by the Baby Safe Haven program” since 1999.



Age limit varies by state. Depending on where you live, a baby can be left in the arms of hospital or fire station staff member from birth up to 60 days, according to Baby Safe Haven. Under these laws, the parents remain anonymous and do not face criminal charges.

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In Florida, the window of allowable time is much shorter as the child must be one week old or younger. In the past 2 years, two separate incidents of infants being left at a particular apartment complex have occurred.



The first baby abandoned at Willow Key Apartments in Orlando was left in 2017. That infant girl was adopted, WESH reported.

Now a similar incident has occurred but this time it is a baby boy who has been left.

“This is crazy,” resident Kimberley Williams told the Orlando Sentinel. “This is really really crazy. Why do they keep leaving these babies like this?”



The answer is unclear. Perhaps the complex seems like a safe place for families. Even so, parents are urged to take infants to one of many A Safe Haven for Newborns locations instead.

The mom who recently left her infant son at the complex has not been identified. Only a note was left with some harrowing words as to why she could not care for the child.

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“I had him in the bathroom alone,” the baby’s mother wrote. “His dad tried to kill us. Please keep him secret and take him to the hospital. Dad a very dangerous man.”

Graciela Izaguirre, the woman who found the abandoned boy, told WESH that the baby was crying and was wrapped in a polo shirt. She called 911 and he was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital.

Are you familiar with the Baby Safe Haven statute in your state? It might be good to do some research and spread the word in your area. You never know when you might be able to save a life.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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