Myrtle Beach area and state officials said the case of a newborn baby being found abandoned in a dumpster last month should never have to happen thanks to a state law that allows babies to be left at safe havens like a police department, fire station, hospital or church.
The person leaving the unharmed child, who is less than 30 days old, is granted immunity from prosecution for the act of leaving the infant with someone at a safe haven, according to the South Carolina Safe Haven for Abandon Babies Act.
“There will be no arrests if they can just get the babies there; anywhere a child is safe,” 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said. “It doesn’t come up often and it never should come up. There are thousands of people here in Horry and Georgetown more than willing to adopt a child. I don’t understand.”