Nebraska Man Abandons 9 Children Under State Safe Haven Law

Described as being “overwhelmed”, a Nebraska resident, Gary Staton, took his children to a local hospital and walked away free from prosecution under the protection of the state’s safe haven law, which covers minors up to the age of 19. All states have similar laws, which were originally enacted to protect infants in immediate danger from being abandoned in dumpsters and left elsewhere to die.

Staton’s wife died from a brain aneurysm 17 months ago, days after delivering the youngest child. Nebraska’s governor has urged legislators to amend the law to apply to newborns and prevent it from being used in cases of unruly or defiant children.