Alaska has a safe haven law that allows parents to legally surrender an infant under certain conditions, such as leaving the baby in the physical custody of someone such as a peace officer, doctor, hospital employee or firefighter or with someone they believe would provide appropriate care. The law applies to babies younger than 21 days old.
Apparently the teenager who gave birth to the baby found in a cardboard box did not know about the safe haven law. She left her baby in a cardboard box in frigid conditions in Fairbanks. The mother was taken to a Fairbanks hospital for evaluation and medical care after troopers located her.
Troopers on Tuesday reported the child, known as Teshawn from a note left in the box, was in good health and in the care of the Office of Children’s Services. Troopers at the time said they were submitting the child’s DNA to a database as part of efforts to find immediate family.
Troopers were notified of the abandoned baby on Friday afternoon. A woman posted on social media that Friday that she had found the baby. She included a video showing a baby swaddled in a box with a note saying, “Please help me!!!” and indicating that the child was born on Friday and that the parents and grandparents did not have the where-with-all to take care of the baby.
– Ella Breedlove