Currently, there are three safe baby drop-off sites in the city of Dalhart. However, because of the incident that occurred Saturday evening, when an infant was found alive in a dumpster behind a residentâ??s home, there is a new push for education on the Baby SafeHaven law in the area.
In Texas, a baby can be dropped off any time before sixty days as long as the infant is unharmed. The parent relinquishes their right to the child and is able to walk away with no penalty.
â??Our concerns are that, because it has happened, that we need more education in this city and in the surrounding area,â?? said Gary Sinclair, chief of the Dalhart police department.
The police department will be partnering with the local hospital, Coon Memorial Hospital, in purchasing educational material on unplanned pregnancies and the Baby Moses law. They are planning to begin their education as early as Junior High and will also be translating the material into Spanish.
Julie Grant, the executive director of CareNet in Dalhart, said that, with 40-50 unplanned pregnancies in Dalhart a year, there is a great need for education on responsibility and options for the young women.
â??They're afraid to reach out and ask questions and actually use the safe places because of that fear of â??what is going to happen to meâ??,â?? said Julie Grant, executive director of CareNet in Dalhart. She believes that with the joint effort, the education will become an asset to the city.
Spokespeople from the New England organization of Baby SafeHaven spoke with Pronews7 today talking about their change to relate to young women with their information. They have appointed several young teens or adults as their spokespeople as a tool to make the information more relatable and shareable for the young women they are trying to reach.
â??The directors of the organization in New England always say promote with a young person, you know, somebody who can speak with the peers, speak with the people, you know the women who may be using this law,â?? said Renee Marcou the New England Baby SafeHaven law spokesperson.
â??Weâ??re going to get out there in the public and educate. Thatâ??s our goal,â?? said Kelly Gallow, Emergency room manger of the Coon Memorial Hospital.