September 20, 2019
On Wednesday, September 18th, around 7:15 p.m., the Riley County Police Department Emergency Dispatch Center received a call from Via Christi stating an infant was brought in after reportedly being found in the 2000 block of North Manhattan.
The baby was transported to Stormont Vail in Topeka as a precaution. The mother was later identified and is in good health. Further investigation leads us to believe the intent was to follow the safe haven law.
The investigation is ongoing. No additional information will be released at this time in an effort to not discourage other mothers from choosing to take advantage of the law for the sake of their child.
The Newborn Infant Protection Act allows for parents or other persons having lawful custody of an infant who is 60 days old or younger and who has not suffered bodily harm to surrender physical custody of the infant to any employee who is on duty at a police station, sheriff's office, law enforcement center, fire station, city or county health department or medical care facility as defined by K.S.A 65-425, and amendments therto.