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  • Second person arrested in case of baby found in KY dumpster

    Second person arrested in case of baby found in KY dumpster

    Thursday, July 30 2015 5:28 PM EDT2015-07-30 21:28:15 GMT
    Friday, August 14 2015 3:48 PM EDT2015-08-14 19:48:35 GMT
    The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department arrested and charged a 15 year old female on Sunday in connection with the disposal of the infant in a dumpster on July 30, 2015.
    The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department arrested and charged a 15 year old female on Sunday in connection with the disposal of the infant in a dumpster on July 30, 2015.
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We have learned more about the case surrounding a minutes-old infant found in a dumpster near a Paducah apartment complex.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, a 17-year-old is now facing an attempted murder charge and the child's mother may face charges as well.

The newborn was taken to an area hospital in Paducah, and is said to be in stable condition.

It's a story that has a lot of you on Facebook asking, "why?" Especially with options out there for parents.

The National Safe Haven Alliance helps to prevent situations like the one in Kentucky from ever happening.

Every state has a Safe Haven Law. It gives parents an option to hand their newborn baby over to a responsible adult at a Safe Haven location and avoid prosecution.

Depending on the State, locations can be a local police department, fire department or hospital; and you can hand over your baby within a certain number of days, no questions asked as long as the baby is ok.

Every state law is different. You can leave your baby, up to 45 days old. in Missouri, 30 days old in Illinois and 3 days old in Kentucky with an on duty employee at any hospitals, fire, ambulance and police stations.

In Missouri you can also leave your baby with maternity homes and pregnancy resource centers.

According to Safe Haven Alliance, these laws have helped save over 1,000 babies since being passed.

If you want to know where your state stands, click here.

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