The Greenwood County Department of Social Services office released a notice this week reporting that an infant born at Self Regional Medical Center during the weekend was abandoned. The baby, a black girl, was born healthy on Saturday, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces at birth. She is now in DSS custody, according to the agency’s notice, which was issued Sunday.
Officials believe the newborn’s abandonment falls under “Daniel’s Law,” legislation passed by state officials in 2000 that is designed to provide a safe haven for abandoned babies. Under the Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act, a parent can leave their baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee on duty at any hospital, emergency medical services provider, law enforcement agency, fire station or any worship center in South Carolina.
The law calls for a hearing, which will be held at the Greenwood County Family Court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Anyone wishing to assert parental rights on the abandoned baby must do so at the hearing.