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April 7 declared Safe Haven for Newborns Day

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mayor Sly James and Mark Holland proclaimed April 7 as the first ever Safe Haven for Newborns Day throughout the metro. The laws have been on the books since 2010, but the mayors want to make sure people know they exist.

"The whole law is designed to give parents who are really stressed or really caught in a bind with a child or infant a way out," Mayor James said. "They need to know this law exists and it does offer them the potential to do that."

In Missouri and Kansas the child must be 45 days old or less. Safe Havens include hospitals fire stations police stations. For more information dial 2-1-1