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Under questioning, the woman admitted that there were six other corpses and told investigators that they were in plastic bags in the garage of her home, where they were found, officials said.
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.
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.
Three secret births end in deaths in Utah
The Salt Lake Tribune
An Orem mother, Darcie Jo Baum, gave birth in secret three times and let the infants die. The final birth, in 1999, cost the 26-year-old her life; she bled to death after delivering an infant son into a basement toilet where he drowned.
Baum’s first baby, a daughter, was found dead in the Provo River in 1992. Years later, investigators acting on a hunch compared her tissue with the baby’s and learned she was the mother.
Baum’s second-born son, Draye, was the only child to survive. 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.
Her third child was found dead as a newborn in 1998, wrapped in a quilt in Highland Park at the mouth of American Fork Canyon. A relative recognized the quilt from news reports and notified police. Under questioning, Baum admitted to giving birth in the shower and abandoning the baby.
She was secretly pregnant with her fourth child as she was awaiting trial in that case.
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