If you haven’t heard about Nebraska’s new “safe haven” law, let me enlighten you. Nebraska’s Legislative Bill 157 provides:
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. The hospital shall promptly contact appropriate authorities to take custody of the child.
The legislative intent behind the law was to provide safe haven for infant children left at Nebraska hospitals. The bill’s wording was imprecise — merely stating “children” instead of “infant children” — and has resulted in nearly two dozen children, infants through teens, being left at Nebraska hospitals since the bill went into effect on July 18, 2008. At least three of those children were deposited in Nebraska from out-of-state parents.
WineGuy and I think this is a great idea. In fact, we are ready to pull up stakes and move The Zone to Omaha. We can finally get Wizard OUT OF OUR HOUSE. Wizard was so horrible today that the rabbi called me, an hour into Sunday school, and insisted I take Wizard home. He was being defiant and uncooperative. The day degraded from there and ended with me screaming at him (again). The boy is not doing his schoolwork, or if he is, he does not turn it in.
When and how did this child
turn into this?
Wizard, we’re moving to Nebraska, and we’re leaving you there.