comments_image Comments

Dropping off baby

Philip Barron: A "parent's last resort" for unwanted infants makes waves in Japan, but the need for safe havens for these children is being recognized worldwide.

The concept of a drop-off facility for unwanted infants may be new to Japan, but not elsewhere. "Baby-Klappe" hatches at hospitals are being pushed in ad campaigns in Germany in response to several documented infanticides. Here in the US, the emphasis has been on more general safe haven legislation, sparked in large part by a query made in 1998 by WPMI reporter Jodi Brooks to county District Attorney John M. Tyson, Jr. in Mobile, Alabama. A article by John Nagy relates this exchange between the two following the trial of a mother and daughter convicted of drowning the daughter's unwanted infant son:

Philip Barron is a St. Louis writer and author of the blog Waveflux.

See more stories tagged with: