September 27, 2008

Honey I dumped the kids!

"I'm tired of your pranks, my dear lad."
Thus berated an exhausted dad.
"Its true, you I've sired,
But now I am tired,
Wish we lived in Nebraska - my bad!"

26/09/08: Chicago Tribune: Father leaves nine children at Nebraska hospital. Parents are abandoning teenagers at Nebraska hospitals, in a case of a well intentioned law inspiring unintended results. Over the last two weeks, moms or dads have dropped off seven teens at hospitals in the Cornhusker state, indicating they didn’t want to care for them any more. “They were tired of their parenting role,” according to Todd Landry of Nebraska’s Department of Human and Human Services, quoted in USA Today.

Under a newly implemented law, Nebraska is the only state in the nation to allow parents to leave children of any age at hospitals and request they be taken care of, USA Today notes. So-called “safe haven laws” in other states were designed to protect babies and infants from parental abandonment.

Read more about the story here

Imagine, what if Dennis the Menace lived in Nebraska?

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