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Police find seven dead babies in Utah County home

Woman, 39, allegedly gave birth, then killed the infants and put their bodies in a garage.



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He was "her life," Baum’s mother, Vickie Austin, said after Darcie Baum’s death. Each night at bedtime Baum sang, "You Are My Sunshine," as the boy nodded off to sleep, Austin said in 1999.

Utah has had a Safe Haven law on the books since 2001, allowing biological parents to anonymously give up custody of their newborn child without facing any legal consequences. Intended to save children’s lives, the law tries to prevent women from abandoning infants in places such as trash cans and bathrooms.

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Safe Haven law enacted to save babies’ lives

Utah has had a Safe Haven law on the books since 2001, allowing biological parents to anonymously give up custody of their newborn child without facing any legal consequences. Intended to save children’s lives, the law tries to prevent women from abandoning infants in places such as trash cans and bathrooms.

The Utah representative who originally sponsored the law, then-Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, had heard the media coverage of one young Utah woman who left her newborn in a drawer in her parents’ home. The baby was found days later, dead.

In 2012, officials said that at least one baby a year has been left at a Utah hospital since the law took effect. Exactly how many babies have been saved in Utah is difficult to determine, because some women call the Safe Haven hotline at 1-866-458-0058 to learn about resources such as adoption, pregnancy health information and programs that provide financial support for keeping a baby.

The hotline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week. For more information, go to utahsafehaven.org or follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/UtahNewborn.

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The Utah representative who originally sponsored the law, then-Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, had heard the media coverage of one young Utah woman who left her newborn in a drawer in her parents’ home. The baby was found days later, dead.

In 2012, officials said that at least one baby a year has been left at a Utah hospital since the law took effect. Exactly how many babies have been saved in Utah is difficult to determine, because some women call the Safe Haven hotline at 1-866-458-0058 to learn about resources such as adoption, pregnancy health information and programs that provide financial support for keeping a baby.

The hotline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week. For more information, go to utahsafehaven.org or follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/UtahNewborn.

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