The Baby Moses Law is a statute that was created to protect infants from
abandonment. There is an increasing tendency for newborns to be abandoned
in perilous places, which is why the Baby Moses Project was started. Child
Protective Services helps to enforce the Baby Moses law and ensure that
individuals do not leave their children in places where they could be
harmed and instead leave them with reliable workers. Normally, the Baby
Moses Law regards infants only, and is not treated as child abandonment.
The Baby Moses Law is also commonly referred to as the Safe Haven Law.
The law makes it legal for a parent or person to leave an infant with
a statutorily recognizes person so that the child becomes a ward of the
state. Safe-Haven laws typically let parents remain nameless to the court
and use a numbered bracelet system to link the baby to the parents. Without
this law in place, parents could be charged with child abandonment if
they leave their child with someone else. It is a viable defense when
charged for this crime.
In Texas, child abandonment can result in a felony resulted in in 180 days
to two years in prison if the person who committed the crime intended
to return for the child later. If an individual did not intend to return
for the child, as is typically the case when the Baby Moses Law defense
is used, that individual could face a third degree felony and a $10,000
fine and two to ten year prison sentence.
Recently, a mother in Plano abandoned her infant outside of a Murphy emergency
room. While the police have chosen not to press charges, they decided
that the mother was not protected under the Baby Moses Law in this case.
This is because the mother did not actually hand the child to personnel
at the ER and instead left the child outside. If you want more information
about child abandonment or the Baby Moses Law, contact a
Plano criminal defense attorney today. With the right lawyer on your side, you can seek financial compensation
and get the assistance that you need in your case!