Maryland's Safe Haven Law

July 10, 2015

In the news this week has been the story of a baby abandoned on the side of the road in Pasadena, Maryland. 


Fortunately, the baby girl was found before she was seriously injured and is in the custody of the Department of Child Protective Services. Her mother is charged with child neglect and reckless endangerment.


While it is hard to imagine what would lead someone to put their baby in harm's way, we will leave judgment to the courts.


Although this case does not fit the requirements, it does remind us that here in Maryland we have a Safe Haven law designed for the legal protection of mothers who are incapable of care of their newborn babies.


Under state law, mothers who feel they cannot care for their newborn child can leave their baby in the custody of a responsible adult at any Maryland hospital or police station -- no questions asked.


This link brings you to a list of Maryland Safe Haven locations.


Keep in mind the following:

  • The baby must be 10 days old or younger and unharmed for the mother to be protected by this law.

  • The babies will be adopted and welcomed into a safe and loving home.

  • Counseling is available for all who may need it.

  • If you have questions about Maryland’s Safe Haven law, call 800-332-6347.


Fanning Law, LLC Can Help

The facts of each case are unique and the laws in each state are different. This article provides a brief, general introduction to the topic. It is not legal advice. For more information about your specific questions, contact Bill Fanning at Fanning Law, LLC - The Offices of William C. Fanning, Jr. - 301.934.3620 or at


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