WICHITA, Kansas – An update now on a story we’ve been following since last week on the release of photograph of the woman who gave up her newborn under the Safe Haven Law.
Wichita police tell KSN, there were specific circumstances that made them have significant concern for the woman’s health and that they felt compelled to release her picture, and ask for help finding her.
Many concerns were raised about the impact of identifying this woman, and the concerns that other women might not use Safe Haven for fear of being exposed publicly.
KSN initially showed the woman’s picture, along with other media outlets.
After learning this new information from police, we’re changing our policies on releasing photos regarding Safe Haven laws.
Safe Haven Laws in Kansas
In Kansas, you can leave your baby, up to 45 days old, with an employee at any medical facility, fire department, city or county health department in Kansas.
Kansas Statute 38-222 regarding Safe Haven (PDF)