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ACT NO. 124


Crimes; abandonment of baby; safe haven

This act creates an exception to the crime of abandoning a baby if the person voluntarily delivers a child not more than 30 days of age to an employee, staff member, or volunteer at a health care facility, fire station, police station, place of worship, or to a 911 emergency responder at an agreed-upon location. A person may not be subject to criminal or civil liability for delivering a child in a manner that satisfies these requirements. The person or facility to whom the child is delivered is required to take temporary custody of the child, ensure that any necessary medical care is provided, and notify a law enforcement agency and the department for children and families that the child has been taken into custody. The department for children and families is then required to take custody of the child as soon as practicable.

Effective Date: July 1, 2006

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont