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S.27

Introduced by   Senator Leddy of Chittenden District and Senator Doyle of Washington District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Crimes; abandonment of babies; safe haven

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to establish a safe haven defense to the crime of abandoning a baby for a person who leaves a baby with a responsible person at a hospital, police station, or fire station.

AN ACT RELATING TO A SAFE HAVEN DEFENSE TO THE CRIME OF ABANDONING A BABY

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

This act shall be known as the “Baby Safe Haven Law.”

Sec. 2.  13 V.S.A. § 1303 is amended to read:

§ 1303.  ABANDONMENT OR EXPOSURE OF BABY

(a)  A person who abandons or exposes a child under the age of two years, whereby the life or health of such child is endangered, shall be imprisoned not more than ten years or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both.

(b)(1)  It shall be an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that the defendant voluntarily delivered the child to a responsible person at a police station, fire station, or hospital as defined in subdivision 1902(1) of Title 18.

(2)  The department for children and family services shall develop and implement a public information program to increase public awareness about the provisions of the Baby Safe Haven Law.  The program shall include:

(A)  educational materials in print, audio, video, and electronic media;

(B)  public service announcements and advertisements; and

(C)  establishment of a toll-free telephone hotline which provides information about the Baby Safe Haven Law.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us