Authorities in South Carolina are reporting that a newborn is now in the custody of the Department of Social Services after she was surrendered to a hospital under the state’s Safe Haven for Babies Act.
The infant, born on July 7th was given to Greer Memorial Hospital just after she was born.
The Spartanburg County DSS reported that the infant is a white female born at 7 pounds, 9.7 ounces, and is 20 inches long.
A permanency planning hearing will be held for the child on Monday, Aug. 29.
As for now, the child has been placed in a licensed foster home.
Under SC Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act also known as Daniel’s Law, an infant can legally be surrendered to the proper authorities up until the infant is 60 days old.
The infant can be surrendered to personnel at hospitals, fire and police stations, and churches.
Since 2009, 53 infants were surrendered under Daniel’s law. Four infants have been surrendered in the area this year.
Several states have their own safe haven laws, however, the length of time you have to surrender an infant varies by state.